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Blue cheese souffle with fresh figs and honey

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
45g unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing the ramekins
30g granulated sugar, plus more for the ramekins
25g plain flour
240ml milk, warmed
5 eggs, separated
Pinch salt
Ground white pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg
135g crumbled blue cheese
Pinch cream of tartar
8 fresh black mission figs, split in 1/2 lengthwise
170g honey
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

2) Prepare 4 ramekins by greasing them with softened butter and then coating them with sugar, tapping out any excess.

3) Make a thick bechamel sauce base by melting the 45g of butter over low-medium heat in a thick-bottomed pot. Just as the foam subsides, add the flour, stirring constantly with a whisk to prevent lumps. Cook for 2 to 3 mins to coat the flour with fat and remove the starchy taste; do not allow the roux to brown.

3) Add the warm milk to the mixture and continue to whisk until smooth and thick. Remove from the heat.

4) Beat in the egg yolks 1 at a time. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in the cheese until incorporated evenly. Chill the mixture while whipping the egg whites.

5) In a separate clean bowl beat the egg whites and cream of tartar just until soft peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the beaten whites into the bechamel mixture to lighten it. Then gently fold in the rest.

6) Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins and place on a baking tray. Bake on the middle rack for about 25 mins.

7) The souffle is done when it has puffed over the rim, the outside is golden, and the centre jiggles slightly.

8) Serve with fresh figs and a drizzle of honey. Dust with icing sugar.

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