26 January 2007

Hay Hay It's Donna Day #9: Orange Soufflés

I do not own many of Donna Hay’s books, just two… Yeah, I know, that’s a sad story, but you can’t imagine how difficult is to find them in Italy, especially in English! And in fact the two I own are in French… That’s even sadder, isn’t it??? Yeah, I know…
But I also have some good news: I just got a subscription to Donna Hay Magazine, and that’s nice! I cheered you up, didn’t I???
Anyway, this month theme, launched by Tami at Running with Tweezers, it's soufflé... In the whole two books I own I found only one soufflé recipe: Lemon Soufflés, from Modern Classics, Book 2, Gourmandises in French.
As I wanted an orange scent, and not lemony, instead of lemon juice I’ve used orange juice, and I have to say that this soufflé recipe is absolutely for dummies (as it’s one of the simplest I ever did) and absolutely foolproof: they stand up in their shape for at least 20 minutes after you took them out of the oven!

For the ramekins:
Soft butter

For the soufflés:
43 ml of orange juice, freshly squeezed
50 g of sugar
1/2 a tablespoon of potato starch
1 tablespoon of water
2 egg whites
35 g of sugar

Place the orange juice and sugar in a little saucepan and bring slowly to the boil. Water down the potato starch and add it to the orange juice and sugar. Continue cooking for one minute stirring constantly: you’ll end up with a thick shiny cream. Transfer it in the fridge and let it cool completely.
Preheat the oven a 180° C.
Whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt, until they are fluffy and softly picked, add the sugar, whipping continuously. When the white are shining, stop beating and add them to the orange cream.
Butter each ramekin, cover it with sugar and fill it with the egg whites mixture. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes WITHOUT opening the oven door. Serve them hot, as soon as you take them out of the oven. Makes four individual soufflés.

Donna, in her book, advises you to make collars with greaseproof paper, but if you fill your ramekin to the edge line, you shouldn’t need any collar, like in the picture below…

P.S. This picture is part of the set "Piperita bought bargain linen napkins"...