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Double-baked cheddar soufflés

You can cook these several hours in advance, then re-bake just before serving

  • Prep: 40 mins
    Cook: 45 mins
  • Serves 8
  • More effort
  • Serves 8
  • More effort
  • Calories 336
  • Carbohydrates 14
  • Saturated Fat 15
  • Sugar 4
  • Protein 12
  • Fat 25
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 0.63

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 336
  • Carbohydrates 14
  • Saturated Fat 15
  • Sugar 4
  • Protein 12
  • Fat 25
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 0.63

Ingredients

  • 425ml milk
  • 1 small onion, thickly sliced
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 7 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 heaped tsp English mustard
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 140g extra mature cheddar, finely grated
  • 142ml pot double cream

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put milk, onion, nutmeg and bay leaves into a pan. Bring to the boil, then set side to infuse for 30 mins. Butter 8 x 150ml ramekins.

  2. Melt the butter in a second saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook gently for 1 min, stirring. Take off the heat and gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Discard onion and bay leaf. Return to the hob and stir until the sauce boils and thickens.

  3. Off the heat, stir in the mustard, egg yolks and three-quarters of the cheese, then season. Scrape mixture into a large mixing bowl. In another big bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Boil a full kettle. Carefully fold the whites into the cheese mix and fill ramekins twothirds full. Transfer to a roasting tin, then pour the boiling water into the tin until it reaches halfway up the ramekins. Bake for 15-20 mins or until risen, just set and still a little wobbly. Take out of the tin and leave to cool.

  4. To serve, heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7(or leave it at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 if you are cooking the lamb). Loosen soufflés around the edges with a knife, then turn out, upside down, into a shallow ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with rest of cheese, then spoon 1 tbsp cream over each soufflé. Bake for 10-12 mins till puffed and golden on the top (or 12-15 mins at the lower temperature). Serve at once with Crunchy celery & apple salad, below.

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