2016 Bookish Recipes Food inspired by books HQ stories Recipes Sarah Morgan
Bookish Recipe: Cheese Soufflé
Welcome to Bookish Recipes, a feature on the blog where I cook or bake a recipe from a book I have loved and share the result with you. This time the recipe is inspired by the book Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan. This book is the third on her latest series, From Manhattan With Love, and is a cute and sweet story set in New York during Christmas. What else can you ask for?
The main character, Eva, is a food blogger and creates the most delicious recipes. But when she first meets Lucas, she decides to cook a cheese soufflé for him. It sounded so good that I couldn't resist trying it myself and the result was amazing. Here's how I made my soufflé following this easy recipe:
Ingredients:4 large eggs (3 whole eggs + one egg white)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Comté, Gruyère, or Parmesan cheese, or blend of all three
6 tablespoons (1 3/4 ounces) flour
3 1/2 tablespoons (1 3/4 ounces) butter
1 1/2 cup (12 ounces) milk
Salt, pepper, nutmeg or cayenne to taste
Unsalted butter, for the soufflé molds
Extra Parmesan cheese, for the soufflé molds
1) Butter your soufflé dish (I used four small molds but you can use one big one) and sprinkle lightly with a little extra Parmesan cheese. Set aside. Move an oven rack to the bottom of the oven and turn your oven on to the broil setting.
2) Separate the eggs into white and yolks. Put the whites in the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large clean bowl. Discard one yolk (you can refrigerate it for later use). Set the eggs aside.
Grate the cheese: Grate all the cheese into a bowl and set aside.
3) Make a béchamel sauce (white sauce). Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan then whisk in the flour and cook for several minutes, until it is thick and slightly toasted (don't let the color darken past a pale golden color, though). Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until it thickens. Remove from the heat.
4) Cool the béchamel: Scrape the béchamel into a large bowl. Let it cool just slightly, so that it's warm to the touch. Then, stir the egg yolks into it.
5) Stir the grated cheese in with the béchamel and egg yolks. Taste and add salt, pepper, and nutmeg or cayenne to taste.
6) Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold a spoonful of stiff egg whites into the batter, incorporating them thoroughly. The batter should lighten by one shade.
7) Fold in the rest of the egg whites. Spread them through the batter using a stiff spatula, running the spatula straight down the bottom of the bowl, then flipping the batter over. The egg whites should be all mixed in, but there ought be some lumps of stiff egg white still visible.
8) Scrape the batter into the prepared mold. The batter should fill the mold about halfway. Place in the oven on the bottom rack and broil for 3 minutes. Without opening the oven door turn the heat down to 400°F (200ºC) and continue baking for 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. If the top is browning too quickly, place an empty baking sheet on the top rack of the oven to help shield the top.
9) Eat immediately and enjoy!
About the book:
Title: Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love #3)
Author: Sarah Morgan
Published: October 20th 2016 by Mira
Blurb: Sometimes love needs a Christmas Miracle…
Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she’s given an opportunity to housesit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan?
What she didn’t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous–and mysterious–owner. Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife’s death looming, he’s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn’t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…
This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?