Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Grand Marnier Dessert Souffle

Ingredients, Serves 4:
  • 3 large eggs, whites separated from yolks
  • 3 tablespoon Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • cooking spray (can use any cooking oil)
  • 4 ramekin dishes (3")
I love dessert souffles, although I can't eat them often (or I won't fit into my jeans!).  I went out and got some Grand Marnier liqueur, wow not cheap!  You can actually make souffles with any flavored liqueur.  Grand Marnier has an orange flavor.  You don't even have to use liqueur if you don't want to.  Orange juice or other juices can work as well.

Pre-heat oven to 400ºF and place a baking sheet on a center positioned rack.  Coat the 4 ramekins with the cooking spray and then sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar to coat the bottom and sides of the dishes.

Using a mixer, beat the egg yolks in a large bowl on medium-high for 5 minutes.  Slowly add 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla extract and Grand Marnier and mix for another 2 minutes.

In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites with mixer on high for 1 minute or until foamy peaks form.  Add cream of tartar and salt and beat another 30 sec.  Gradually add remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.

Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in one quarter of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk mixture until just mixed.  Gently fold in the rest of the egg white mixture.  Divide the mixture into the 4 ramekins.

Bake the souffles for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top and top has risen above sides of ramekins.  Gently take out of oven and dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately!  The Grand Marnier flavor goes well with raspberries or strawberries.


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