“Homemade Goat Cheese and Chive Souffle”

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These light-as-air souffles have a delicious cheese flavor. This souffle works wonders as a light lunch . Use a mild, fresh goat cheese like homemade Halloumi, Mozzarella or buy from the grocery store. This recipe serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 10 fl oz goat milk
  • 10 oz Halloumi goat cheese
  • 2 oz butter
  • 2 oz plain flour
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • 3 tbsp finely snipped chives
  • ¼ oz finely grated Parmesan
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt

Directions:

  • Cut a 16 in piece of baking parchment in half lengthways. Fold one half in half again and tie around a 5 in souffle dish using kitchen string. Lift the paper so it creates a collar that rises around 2 in higher than the dish. Butter the inside of the souffle dish and the paper generously.
  • Put the milk in a small non-stick pan and add the onion, bay and thyme. Bring to a gentle simmer then remove from the heat and set aside to infuse for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  • Place a baking tray in the oven to heat. Strain the flavored milk through a fine sieve into a jug. Cut the rind off the goat cheese and cut the cheese into ¾ in pieces – you should end up with 7oz cheese.
  • Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the flour, cook for a few seconds then gradually start adding the milk, a little at a time, stirring well between each addition. When the sauce is smooth and very thick, continue to cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly then remove from the heat and stir in half the goat cheese.
  • Whisk the egg yolks lightly and stir into the milk mixture until smooth. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt. Pour into a large mixing bowl and cover the surface with a sheet of cling film to prevent a skin forming.
  • Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. They are ready when you can turn the bowl upside down without them sliding out.
  • Stir the chives into the cheese sauce. Fold in the remaining cheese. Fold in a large spoonful of the egg white until combined, then fold in the remainder.
  • Pour the mixture slowly into the prepared souffle dish. Sprinkle with the parmesan and freshly ground black pepper – try to keep the parmesan towards the center of the souffle so it does not melt and hinder the rise by sticking to the paper.
  • Bake on the preheated baking tray in the oven for 23-25 minutes or until golden-brown and risen.
  • Remove from the oven, remove the string and serve the souffle immediately.

For a variation on this recipe, try the Double baked goat cheese souffles with pouring cream and a sprinkling of parmesan.

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