Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Apricot honey soufflé

Apricot honey soufflé

Going through my pile of Bon Appétit magazines – I haven’t received the new issue because of the strike on our Mail Service – I found an article on soufflés by Molly, a.k.a. Orangette. After the “How come I did not read this when the magazine arrived?” moment, I felt inspired - I was going to make a soufflé, too. It was sort of like when I wanted to learn how to roller skate because of Olivia Newton-John. Being 9 and scared of getting my skinny legs and arms bruised I quickly dropped the idea. But a soufflé? That I can make. And I went for a sweet one.

The only problem here was NOT eating all the apricot purée before making the dessert. :)

Apricot honey soufflé

Apricot honey soufflé
from Sweet Food

1 cup dried apricots, chopped
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoons honey, warmed
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
4 egg whites
confectioners’ sugar, to dust

Place the apricots in a saucepan with ½ cup cold water, or enough to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the apricots are soft and pulpy. Drain (mine did not have any water left) and process in a food processor to a purée.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF. Lightly grease a 6 cup soufflé dish* (using vertical strokes) and sprinkle the bottom and sides with 1 tablespoon of the sugar.
Put the egg yolks, honey, lemon zest and apricot purée and beat until smooth.

Whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form, then beat in the remaining sugar. Fold 1 tablespoon egg whites into the apricot mixture and mix well. Lightly fold in the remaining egg white, being careful to keep the mixture light and aerated. Spoon into the soufflé dish and level the surface. Run your thumb around the inside rim to create a gap between the mixture and the wall of the dish (this will encourage even rising).

Bake on the upper shelf in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until risen and just set. Cover loosely with foil if the surface starts to overbrown (I’m not sure how this would work with a soufflé the way it does with a cake, but the info comes from the book).
Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve at once.

* I halved the recipe, used two 1-cup capacity soufflé dishes and baked them for 15 minutes.

Serves 4

42 comments:

Peter G said...

Souffles are hard but you make it look so easy Patricia...and I love the flavour of apricots...another beautiful creation!

Susan said...

The delicacy of apricots is well matched by that of a soufflé. Clouds of fruity sweetness. Beautiful, Patricia!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wonderful! That soufflé looks gorgeous!

Cheers,

Rosa

zlamushka said...

I came here through What´s For Lunch, Honey? I am hosting an event dedicated to trying foods from other bloggers. Meeta is in the spotlight for July. I really hope you can participate :-)

eatme_delicious said...

Beautiful souffle!

noble pig said...

Oh wow, how divine!

Ginny said...

i'm always looking for new souffle ideas! Looks excellent!

Gigi said...

You know I have never made a souffle. And I'm looking at your super delicious souffle and thinking I must try this soon.

Deborah said...

I have never made a souffle before - but yours looks absolutely perfect!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i love apricot souffle. it looks beautiful!

Vanille said...

Wow ! I wish I could make such a perfect soufflé ! Mine are not so nice... I want to eat this !

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Oooh, I am so afraid of souffles. I've tried a few times, and they come out okay, but I find it all very stressful, tiptoeing around the kitchen, trying not to open the oven door!

Anh said...

Isn't souffle the sexiest dessert ever? Love your photos!

LyB said...

It looks perfect, like it didn't deflate at all! And the flavor combinations sound incredible. You've done it again, made me crave something I don't have! ;)

jasmine said...

Ooh! Delicious flavours!

I still haven't made a soufflé yet (well, frozen one, yes, but not a baked one).

j

Y said...

Mmmm.. apricot and honey sounds heavenly!

Happy Homebaker said...

I have never baked a souffle before and have not even tasted one. Yours look delicious :)

nicisme said...

Lovely flavours!
Well done on capturing the puff on the soufflé.

Manggy said...

Whoa, you got magic fingers Patricia! It didn't deflate at all in the time it took you to set up the photo shoot! Gorgeous (perfect) souffle!

Monika Dubska said...

That looks heavenly, amazing! :D

great job & take care - thanks for sharing!

Hope to hear from you,
Monika

Madam Chow said...

This looks marvelous - delicious flavors and lovely photo.

Sarah said...

I've only ever made one souffle. This one makes me want to try another!

MiNDY said...

I haven't made souffle. I think I'll give my self a try using your recipe. Obrigada.

Kevin said...

I really like the sound of a apricot honey soufflé!

Sara<3 said...

Yum! Apricot is one of my favorite fruits and I like just about anything mixed with honey. If you're a honey fan you have to try Giada de Laurentiis's recipe for Honey Ricotta Cheesecake. Mmmmm.

ChichaJo said...

It looks perfect! Elegant and fluffy! :) Bravo!

Peabody said...

I'm so impressed that it didn't fall. Mine always fall before I get a picture in. :(
Loving the use of the honey.

KJ said...

Well that just looks gorgeous. I'm so impressed. I have never attempted a souffle. I'm too much of a scaredy cat. Although I was eyeing a lovely looking chocolate souffle recipe the other day. Maybe I will try it. Maybe!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pete, you just need to be quick when serving them. ;)

Hey, beautiful! I can't be around a package of dried apricots, they never last. :)

Rosa, thank you for stopping by!

Zlamushka, that is very interesting, thank you for letting me know! I'd love to take place!

Ashley, thank you!

Cathy, thank you, darling!

Ginny, and this is a very simple one.

Gigi, I'm kind of new at it, too. Don't be scared! :)

Deb, you should try!

Steph, thank you, dear!

Vanille, thank you for your visit, I'm glad you like the soufflé!

Lydia, don't be! :D

Anh, French food is sexy, isn't it? :)

LyB, I was lucky to take photos - and eat it - before it went down. :)

Jasmine, and I need to try the frozen ones!

Y, they were very good together!

Hi, darling! You make such amazing things, I'm sure your soufflés will be no exception!

Nic, I tried to be quick. :)

Mark, I really hurried, my friend. :)

Monika, tks for visiting!

Madam Chow, thank you for stopping by!

Sarah, this my third, and one of them was a savory one. You should definitely try it again!

Mindy, obrigada, querida! :)

Kevin, I love anything apricot. :)

Sarah, that sounds amazing, tks for letting me know!

Joey, thank you, darling!

Pea, I was really, really fast. :)

KJ, don't be scared! I'm sure it will be wonderful like the other food I have seen on your blog, my friend.

Julie said...

I've never had a dessert souffle and one of these days I need to expand my horizons to include them. Honey and apricot sounds like a wonderful combination, and your souffle looks so pretty.

Junglefrog said...

Those look delicious Patricia! I might go and try thesse myself..:)

Emiline said...

I love reading her articles in Bon Appetite. I've been meaning to make a souffle for a while now.

Sophie said...

The combination you used in this recipe is great. I can taste it! What a fun recipe for summer :).

kellypea said...

What's up with a mail strike? They're allowed to do that? I love souffle. Especially in the summer. I haven't made one in a while, though. Apricots are a favorite, and the combo with honey sounds delicious!

Monkee said...

My good friend has been hounding me to make soufflé for her. I have never made it before and I would love to attempt at it now. Thank you for the clear instructions and tips. It will serve me so well. :)

Tartelette said...

What a great choice for a souffle! It turned out perfect!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

What a lovely sounding recipe... With a box of fresh apricots in my fridge, I might just give that a go. Not sure I could match yours, though - it looks wonderful!

Lorraine E said...

Yummm, I love the sound of that apricot puree (I might have to make double the amount of puree, half for the recipe, half for me). This is a definite must make. Thanks for the recipe Patricia!:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Apricots and honey are so beautiful together as are these souffles.

Jaime said...

i'm so impressed :) i have yet to make a souffle

meryl said...

That souffle is absolutely beautiful. I will put it in my "must make" file! My mouth is watering.

maggie said...

Saw the picture on Tastespotting...gorgeous!

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