Friday, 10 April 2009

Rhubarb Soufflé – with vanilla custard

400g rhubarb, cut into 2.5cm chunks
100g caster sugar 25g softened butter
6 gingersnap biscuits
150g readymade custard, plus extra for serving
1 large egg yolk, plus 4 egg whites
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp plain flour
sea salt

6 servings
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and put in a baking tray to heat up. Put the rhubarb into a saucepan with the 100g of sugar. Put a lid on the pan and simmer gently for about 10 minutes, until the rhubarb is soft. Put to one side and leave to cool completely. Get yourself six ramekin dishes and rub their insides with the butter. Put the gingersnap biscuits into a sandwich bag, tie a knot in the top and smash the biscuits with a rolling pin or the bottom of a pan to make quite fine crumbs. Dust the insides of the buttered ramekins with the smashed biscuits, then shake out any excess crumbs.

2. Blob a tablespoon of the cooled stewed rhubarb into each ramekin dish. Mix the rest of the rhubarb with the custard, the egg yolk and the flour. In a large bowl, using an electric whisk, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until you have soft peaks. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and whisk on a high speed until the whites are very stiff – this should take about 3 minutes.

3. Working very gently, fold 2 spoonfuls of the stiff egg whites into the rhubarb mixture. Tip this into the bowl containing the remaining egg whites and fold together very carefully. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and level the tops. Remove the hot baking tray from the oven and place the ramekins on it. Put back into the preheated oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the soufflés are a lovely golden colour and have risen nicely. Make a hole in the middle of the soufflé with a spoon and dollop two or three tsp of vanilla custard into the hole. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

This looks amazingly delish... will try this very soon.


Anonymous said...

I love the vanilla custard in the middle of the sufflé. But this seems to be quite hard to do?


Anonymous said...

This is a Jamie Oliver recipe cut and pasted!!!

Anonymous said...

Fraud -- copying Jaime Oliver's recipe (including his directions, word for word) without attribution.