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How to make cheese souffle

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Just the word 'souffle' is enough to scare some home cooks - indeed, many of us think of souffles as difficult dishes best left to French-trained chefs. But the truth is that souffles are quite easy to master, and this video shows you how! This cheese souffle recipe is as authentic as they come and calls for just a handful of simple ingredients. Comte cheese is used here, but you could easily use your favourite cheese - such as Cheddar, Gruyere, Emmental or even Red Leicester. The key to a beautifully risen souffle is to whip your egg whites to stiff peaks, either by hand or with an electric whisk, and to gently fold the whites into the bechamel mixture using a metal utensil. Folding the two mixtures together gently ensures that you keep the air in the mixture. Secondly, as with most baking, resist temptation to open the oven door whilst the souffle is baking. The change in temperature that results can drastically affect the outcome, and not in a good way! Keep your oven light on so that you can check your souffle's progress without opening the oven door. Once your souffle is beautifully golden and risen, you'll want to serve it straightaway. As they say, a souffle waits for no one!

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Servings: 5
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes

5 large eggs, separated
30g butter
250ml milk
30g plain flour
150g Comté cheese, grated
salt and pepper
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1. Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 3. Grease a souffle dish.

2. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour gradually, whisking between each addition. Add the milk and whisk till the bechamel is smooth and thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then remove from heat.

3. Off the heat, add the grated cheese and stir well. Whisk in the egg yolks. Set aside.

4. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. Add to the bechamel mixture, folding them in gently with a fork. Tip into the prepared dish.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or till golden brown and risen. Remove and serve straightaway.

How to make cheese souffle
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