Science #7

The Escoffier way

In his 1903 worldwide known book, « Le Guide Culinaire » , August Escoffier (1846-1935) simplifies and modernizes Marie-Antoine Carême precepts. He therefore has defined modern french haute cuisine for at least a century.

His chocolate soufflé, though, isnt’t the one us sweet-toothed blessed are used to.

Recipe for a 4 servings chocolate soufflé with creamy appareil, the Escoffier way :

– 100 ml of milk
– 1/2 vanilla pod
– 30g bitter chocolate
– 35g of sugar
– 20g of starch
– 10g unsalted butter
– 2 egg yolks
– 3 firmly whipped eggs whites

1/ Boil milk, vanilla pod and sugar together.
2/ Add chocolate slowly, stirring continuously.
3/ Mix starch in a little milk and add to the mix.
4/ Let cook for 2 minutes then take it off the stove.
5/ Add butter, egg yolks and then whipped egg whites.

Soufflés have to be poured into buttered and sugar coated timbales. Cooking is done in a moderately hot oven, slowly : 5 minutes at 220°C then 15 minutes at 200°C.
If you so wish, you may pour a little powdered sugar on top of your soufflé to get it caramelized 2 minutes before cooking is over.
August adds then « Decor is optional, and in any case, it musn’t be over-done. ».
So, forget edible glitter.

Forget edible glitter.

And remember the one and only mandatory rule as far as soufflés are concerned : soufflé waits for no one !