The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé: Bake it Twice!

When Rennie invited me to take part in their ‘Cooking Through the Decades’ challenge, celebrating food from the 1920s through to 2010, I immediately accepted. I love a challenge in the kitchen! They asked me to cook something inspired by the 1930s and I chose to make something that would be as authentic as it could be, so I did some research.

What we know as ‘the Recession’ is nothing compared to ‘the Great Depression’ of the 1930s. An economic crisis on that scale was unprecedented. Unemployment was at its peak, trade between countries was at an all-time low and currencies collapsed.

Times were tough, really tough. I have just been looking at photos of my family from the 1930s. The smiles are there, but their eyes tell a different story. You can see hardship hiding behind those smiles. Here is my Mamie (grandmother) in the 30s, with her sister, dressed in their best clothes.

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés - Mamie in the 30s

Both my grandparents were born in rural France in the early 30s and I decided to cook something they would have had for a special occasion. People had to budget in the 30s. Simple dishes containing few ingredients were popular then. Meat was available, but it was expensive, so when I was planning my recipe, I tried to think of ingredients people would have had at home.

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Ingredients like onions, garlic, bay leaves and herbs would grow in people’s back gardens. They would also have chickens, and therefore eggs. Cheese, milk and flour were also staple ingredients, and after a chat with my mum, we decided cheese soufflés would be the sort of party food my great-grandmothers would have made.

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés

Cheese soufflés are pretty simple to make, yet they are incredibly tasty. Simple ingredients can transform a dish when using little tricks. Infusing milk is the way to go!

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés - Infuse the Milk

Infused milk makes such a difference to cheese soufflés, and gives flavour and depth to what could be a bland dish tasting of nothing but cheese.

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés - Infused Milk

 

Add to that some butter, cheese, chives and a few more ingredients and you will be in cheese soufflé heaven!

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My Mamie grew up in a large family, so rather than a traditional soufflé with its temperamental and unstable nature, I decided to share my twice-baked soufflé recipe. After they have collapsed, the soufflés get turned upside-down, are left to cool and get baked a second time with more cheese on top!

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés

I think my great-grandmother, with a fair few young children running around, would have made those, cooking them a few hours in advance then baking them again just before serving. Double-baked soufflés are the way forward if you want my opinion!

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés - Yum

I love looking at those pretty little soufflés rising in the oven. It is so tempting to eat them as soon as they come out…

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés - Rising

They deflate pretty quickly, but do not be disheartened: they will taste delicious once cooled, topped with more cheese and baked again!

The Easiest Way to Make a Cheese Soufflé - Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés - Just out of the Oven

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Twice-Baked Cheese Soufflés

Serves 6 (2 small soufflés each)
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

To infuse the milk

  • 600 ml full fat milk
  • ½ onion peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • Pinch salt

For the soufflés

  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 200 g grated cheese e.g. Gruyère or Mature Cheddar
  • 5 free-range medium egg whites 4 egg yolks
  • Salad to serve

Instructions

  1. Place the milk in a saucepan with the onion, bay leaf, garlic, salt and peppercorns. Bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to infuse for 30 minutes before straining and discarding the aromatics.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Let the mixture thicken for a minute, stirring with a wooden spatula. Gradually beat in the milk, stirring until smooth and thick. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add in the mustard, half the cheese and season to taste. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Adjust seasoning and allow to cool.
  4. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Mix the egg yolks into the cheese mixture then carefully fold in the egg whites, then the chives.
  5. Spoon into a greased (butter) muffin pan or ramekins and sit in a roasting tray half filled with boiling water. Bake for 20-25 minutes at gas mark 7 (220 degrees Celsius / 430 degrees Fahrenheit) until risen and just set. Allow to cool.
  6. The soufflés will flop down. Do not worry: because you are baking them twice, they will not need to be light and fluffy like traditional soufflés would be. All stress is also removed from the process!
  7. To serve, turn the soufflés out onto a baking sheet and top with the remaining cheese. Bake again for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  8. Serve with dressed leaves. Bon appétit!

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Comments

  1. 13/04/2016 / 6:57 pm

    They look amazing Mel! I would definitely veer off the paleo track to try those bad boys out. xx

    • 14/04/2016 / 12:22 pm

      They’re really delicious. I’m sure you could substitute the flour and make them paleo-friendly! x

  2. FreeFromFairy
    15/04/2016 / 1:19 pm

    Oh gosh! I do miss a good cheese souffle! I used to make this kind of double baked one a lot before the kids. Now that dairy is off the menu…I have to ignore they exist! Beautiful photos!

    • 15/04/2016 / 3:05 pm

      I’ll have to order some of your flour so I can see how it works with all my recipes! xx

  3. Victoria Marden
    22/04/2016 / 8:34 pm

    I have never tried a souffle let alone tried to cook one but these do look good x

    • 23/04/2016 / 12:26 am

      He he! If you like cheese, then I’m sure you’d love them!

  4. joannavictoria
    22/04/2016 / 9:28 pm

    These look amazing your photos are good too. I’ve not had a cheese souffle in ages.

    • 23/04/2016 / 12:27 am

      Thanks lovely! I rarely make them, but whenever I do, I go for twice baked: easier and no stress of ending up with flat soufflés!

  5. Rebecca
    22/04/2016 / 9:42 pm

    These look absolutely delicious, right up my street! Gorgeous photography too, thanks for sharing x

    • 23/04/2016 / 12:25 am

      Thanks Rebecca, they were yummy!

  6. Michaela Britton
    23/04/2016 / 12:02 pm

    Oh wow, I bet these are just delightful and look divine too!

    • 23/04/2016 / 10:58 pm

      Thanks Michaela! They are scrumptious!

  7. Rebecca | AAUBlog
    23/04/2016 / 1:00 pm

    oh yum, these look right up my street. My hubby doesn’t eat cheese but we’ve made lemon soufflé in the past before – easier than I thought!

    • 23/04/2016 / 10:56 pm

      It is a lot easier than you’d think, isn’t it?

  8. Elizabeth Williams
    24/04/2016 / 10:33 pm

    Yum these look delicious and definitely speaks to my cheese obsession. Love the idea of the cooking challenge.

  9. Corina
    25/04/2016 / 1:58 am

    These do look delicious! I love the sound of the cooking through the decades challenge – It’s a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

    • 27/04/2016 / 8:11 pm

      It is! I really enjoyed trying to find something my grandparents would have had as children.

  10. Zoe Forde
    25/04/2016 / 8:05 am

    I’m not the most expert of bakers, so I didn’t even know how to make a souffle before reading this. I am a huge cheese fan tho so this is fabulous!

    • 25/04/2016 / 10:11 pm

      Let me know if you give it a go, Zoe!

  11. Grace | eat, write + explore
    25/04/2016 / 8:04 am

    I’ve always wanted to make a cheese souffle – or any souffle for that matter – but I’ve never been brave enough! Will have to give these a try!

    • 25/04/2016 / 10:16 pm

      No need to be brave with these. They can’t go wrong and they’re supposed to collapse!

  12. fritha
    25/04/2016 / 5:47 pm

    ooh these look delicious! Tom’s the cook in our household so I’ll point him in the direction of this post! x

    • 25/04/2016 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Fritha. They are seriously yummy!

  13. 27/04/2016 / 12:59 pm

    I’ve not made souffle much as like you say they tend to deflate quickly and I’m always disorganised, not putting the drinks and cutlery on the table until I’ve finished cooking. By the time that’s done they’d be all flat so I love the idea of baking them twice so it doesn’t matter – it also means extra cheese which is always a plus in my book. I also love the suggestion of infusing the milk, those are similar flavours to the ones I use in bechamel and I’d imagine they taste delicious.

    • 27/04/2016 / 5:21 pm

      They’re really yummy and with the kids, trying ‘real’ soufflés would be a disaster, wouldn’t they? xx

  14. hijackedbytwins
    28/04/2016 / 10:46 am

    Oooh Mel these look so good! I have never dared bake souffle but I may give them a go after seeing this technique x #recipeoftheweek

    • 28/04/2016 / 9:28 pm

      Oh I hope you give it a go sweetie. Let me know what you think if you try! xx

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