Kirsch and tart cherry souffles

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ Whole cherry preserves
2 tablespoons Kirsch; (clear cherry
; brandy)
½ cup Chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons Sugar
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
Butter
Finely ground almonds or sugar
3 tablespoons All purpose flour
¾ cup Milk
⅓ cup Plus 1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup Dried tart cherries
4 Egg yolks
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter; (1/4 stick)
3 tablespoons Kirsch; (clear cherry
; brandy)
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon Ground cinnamon
5 larges Egg whites
1 Pinches salt

TOPPING

SOUFFLES

Topping:

Mix preserves and 1 tablespoon kirsch in small bowl; set mixture aside.

Combine cream, sugar, vanilla and remaining 1 tablespoon kirsch in medium bowl. Beat to soft peaks. Cover and refrigerate whipped cream. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead.)

For souffles:

Preheat oven to 400F. Butter six 1¼-cup souffle dishes. Sprinkle with almonds or sugar. Place flour in heavy large saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk. Mix in ⅓ cup sugar, then cherries. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Mix in yolks 1 at a time. Add butter and stir until melted. Mix in kirsch, vanilla and cinnamon. (Souffle base can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Press plastic onto surface and let stand at room temperature. Before continuing, reheat over low heat until barely warm, stirring constantly.)

Beat whites and salt in large bowl until soft peaks form. Add remaining tablespoons sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Mix ¼ of whites into souffle base. Gently fold in remaining whites. Divide among prepared dishes. Place in oven and reduce temperature to 375F. Bake souffles until firm to touch and tops are brown, about 18 minutes. Serve immediately, topping each with dollop of whipped cream and spoonful of cherry preserves mixture.

Makes 6.

Bon Appetit October 1993

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