When I want to impress I bring put the Big Guns!! ...no not my biceps, I mean my absolute favorite desserts. Don´t be scared of souffles, this recipe is very easy and all you have to do is be well prepared. The special thing about this recipe is that when you take a spoon full of soufflé you all kinds of different flavors and texture. You have the hot creamy vanilla soufflé, cold custard, crunchy biscuit and sweet and sour rhubarb all at the same time!
400 g rhubarb, cut into small chunks
100 g caster sugar
25 g butter, softened
6 gingerbread biscuits, smashed to fine crumbs
150 g readymade vanilla custard, plus extra for serving
1 large egg yolk, plus 4 egg whites
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp plain flour
pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Put the rhubarb into the saucepan with the 100g sugar. Put the lid on and let it simmer on a medium-low heat for about 10 - 15 minutes, or untill the rhubarb is soft. Set it aside and let it cool down.
2. Butter the inside of 6 ramekin dishes and dust the inside with the smashed gingerbread biscuits. Then shake out the excess crumbs. Then put one tablespoon of the cooled rhubarb on the bottom of the ramekins.
3. Mix the rest of the stewed rhubarb with the custard, egg yolk and flour in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg whites, salt and granulated sugar until you have soft peaks.
4. Working very gently, fold 2 spoonfuls of the stiff egg whites into the rhubarb mixture. Then tip this into the bowl containing the rest of the egg whites and fold together very carefully.
5. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and level the tops. Bake the souffles in the preheated oven for 18 - 20 minutes, or until the souffles are lovely golden and have risen nicely.
6. Remove from the oven and directly 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!