These raspberry soufflés. I might have just discovered my least favorite thing to photograph in the entire world. Ugh.
Talk about a major race against time! I think I lost that race (and gained a few gray hairs in the process), but don’t worry, a slightly fallen soufflé tastes just as good as a puffy, just-out-of-the-oven soufflé.
Can you believe it has been almost a month since I shared a dessert recipe? Obviously, I had to do something about that, and that is how these soufflés came into the picture.
My brain has been on a one-track mind lately when it comes to summer desserts (pies, and more pies), but I really wanted to do something a bit different.
Fruit soufflé? Perfect solution.
The first time I ever had a soufflé was back when I was about 10 years old. We were on vacation in Los Angeles, and my family and I had just gone to a fancy restaurant. [P.S. Coincidentally, this is also where I had the best Caesar salad of my life!]
I distinctly remember my parents giving me a 2-minute saga all about soufflés–and being blown away by the concept of a dessert that required you to order it at the beginning of the meal.
My ten-year-old brain didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it was going to be special. I mean, just the word soufflé is special, am I right?
It was dramatic, rich, yet light and spongy. I was in love.
That was my first soufflé experience.
My second soufflé experience (well, besides eating them) was in culinary school. We made a lot of soufflés over the course of those six months and trust me when I say this, the intimidation factor never diminished for me.
Soufflés aren’t complicated, but they are intimidating. I always said a little prayer whenever I put a soufflé into the oven.
The good news?
The great things about soufflés definitely outweigh the scary things. You can prepare them in advance (and just pop the ramekins into the oven before you serve dessert), the flavors and options are pretty endless, they contain very few ingredients, they are naturally gluten-free (for those interested!), they have a very short baking time (16-20 minutes), and well….they are impressive!
These raspberry soufflés get their intense flavor and natural color from raspberry puree. I recommend making the puree from frozen raspberries, because they are much less expensive and the flavor is indistinguishable. Save the fresh ones for garnishing!
Why is pink food so fun?