Foolproof cheese soufflé for dummies

    30 min

    The bodies of dozens, if not hundreds, of ambitious wannabe-chefs litter the TV culinary contest battlefields as a result of this dark art. But you needn't be nervous of trying it for yourself. As a self-confessed kitchen dummy, even I managed to whip up a delicious cheese soufflé which had friends asking for my secret, and I'm sharing that secret with you.


    London, England, UK
    52 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 100g butter
    • 100g plain flour
    • 500ml full fat milk
    • 125g Gruyère cheese, grated
    • salt and pepper
    • 5 eggs, room temperature
    • lemon juice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and grease 6 ramekins with butter.
    2. Melt 100g butter in a pan over a medium heat, stir in the flour and leave to cook on the heat for a couple of minutes until it forms a paste.
    3. In the meantime, heat the milk, and gradually add this to the paste, continually stirring.
    4. Simmer for 10 minutes, then add the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Leave to cool.
    5. Separate the eggs and stir in the yolks to the cooled mixture. This cheesy bechamel should now be very thick.
    6. Clean a glass bowl by wiping with a touch of lemon juice to clear any greasy spots, and use it to whisk the egg whites into stiff peaks. That's the point at which the white foam forms sharp tips on the end of the whisk, and if you are hand-whisking, the point at which it feels like your arm is going to fall off.
    7. Delicately fold the egg whites into the cheese mixture, being careful not to overwork, because this is the stage where you need to keep as much air in the mixture as possible so it will rise in the oven. Season with salt and pepper.
    8. Pour into the greased ramekins and pop into the oven for 10 minutes.
    9. After the 10 minutes, increase the oven temperature to 220 C / Gas 7 and cook for a further 10 minutes or so until the soufflé has risen and looks beautifully golden.


    I was a complete novice when I first made this recipe and presumed I'd make a disaster of it. But it came out perfect the first time, and the times I have made it since. I can't claim the credit with my skills, so it must be the recipe!

    See it on my blog

    Follow the (stiff) peaks and troughs of how I came to this recipe for the first time

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    Menu-Starter:- Foolproof Cheese Souffle for Dummies - fantastic and so easy, dinner guests asked for seconds, good job i made extra, added chopped chorizo and some paprika to make it a Hungarian twist to it.  -  16 Feb 2014