Miniature carrot soufflés
July 14, 2011
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I had a bunch of carrots left over from another recipe, and I also have been waiting to make another soufflé for quite a long time. So I decided to make this tasty-looking carrot soufflé recipe. Only problem - not nearly enough carrots, as it turned out! So I decided to make miniature soufflés.
They turned out pretty well. To a carrot purée is added milk, eggs, cinnamon and orange juice - all very typical carrot-complementary flavors, many of which are in the recipe I use for carrot-ginger soup as well.
Despite letting them cook for quite a long time, the soufflés actually did not rise or really set up properly. That was unfortunate, but they did develop a crunchy crust on top, and were smooth and rich on the inside, so were actually still tasty. It was kind of like eating a carrot pudding, and that texture, combined with the sweet flavor of the carrot and cinnamon reminded me of a fall dessert.
I think the mistake may have been setting the soufflés up in a water bath (see first picture). The idea was to cause the soufflés to rise more evenly; I was especially worried about this given their small size. But the recipe doesn’t actually call for a water bath, and so I wonder if I may have upset the action of the baking powder or caused some other problem by putting them in one.
I needed something to serve them with, so I added some arugula, parmesan cheese, and cherry tomatoes roasted slightly too much - so that they became almost jammy - in olive oil.