- 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 7 oranges)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 pound (about 3) tangerines, peeled, quartered, and seeded
- 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
- Unsalted butter, for ramekins
- 6 large egg whites
- Orange-Strawberry Sauce
- In a medium saucepan, heat orange juice and 1 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add tangerines, and simmer, covered, until tangerines are very tender, 25 to 35 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing gently to extract most of the juice, reserving both fruit and juice. In a food processor, combine tangerines and 1/2 cup tangerine juice. Puree until fairly rough, 3 to 4 minutes. Add Grand Marnier, and process to combine. The puree should just hold its shape without being sticky; if necessary, work in a little more juice. Transfer the puree to the saucepan.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter six 8-ounce ramekins, chill them for 10 minutes in the freezer, and butter them again. Set on a baking sheet. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites with a tablespoon of sugar until the whites hold a stiff peak, 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, stirring with a spoon until whites are glossy and hold a long peak when the spoon is lifted, about 1 minute. Heat the tangerine puree until just simmering. Remove from heat, and add about 1/4 of the whites, stirring until well mixed. Add this mixture to the remaining whites, lightly folding to combine.
- Transfer souffle mixture to ramekins, filling to the rim and mounding generously in the center. Run your thumb around the edge of the mixture to make it rise evenly. Bake the souffles until puffed and brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Set the ramekins on small plates, preferably lined with a napkin to prevent slipping. Serve immediately with orange-strawberry sauce.
- Yield Makes 4 cups
- 1 quart strawberries, cleaned and hulled
- 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
- 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, plus more if necessary
- 2 to 3 tablespoons tangerine juice
- In a food processor, puree strawberries, Grand Marnier, sugar, and tangerine juice. Taste, adding more sugar, if desired. Chill before serving.
I love souffles. Not necessarily for their taste but for their flair and elegance. Souffles can teach us a few very important life lessons as well. If done right the oven can be a window to the soul. Read on to find out more.
Souffles are an iconic French dessert. As I reflect on this year of Living, it has occurred to me that there is a lot that can be learned from baking. A souffle exudes an elegance that can actually be applied to "real life". For example, elegance is evident among women that finesse their ordinary rounds with balance, gusto and a little pizazz. These women can pull off just about anything with a smile. A puffed-up souffle is no different as it stands tall despite what could have been. As you can see, baking is a practical teacher as well as a spiritual guide that teaches lessons (soul-soothing 101: how to rise up in style as does a souffle). Sign me up!
Did I mention that souffles are perfectionists? Yes, souffles are very much so. Loud noises, waiting too long for serving or jarring the ramekins will cause the soaring souffles to retreat to the bottom. So act fast. When something is good make sure you enjoy without delay. If you leave some things to chance and you do your best to perform the process correctly, well then, it rises! I think my posture just got even better. Now that's a lesson to be pondered.
*I missed the Martha Bakes souffle episode that I promised myself that I'd watch. I'll have to catch it the next time that it comes on I guess.*
As I was going through my stack of old recipes, I came across this particular recipe from an old print out. When I was 18 I guess I wanted to attempt this tangerine souffle. I've finally gotten around to it.