The ultimate indulgence, this double-baked soufflé recipe from Pascal Aussignac is rich, creamy and full of flavour. Nutty Parmesan cheese is paired to perfection with softened leeks, cream and a final flourish of shaved black truffle.
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Begin by preparing the soufflé mixture. Melt the butter in a large pan, then stir in the flour and allow it to cook out in the butter
750g of unsalted butter, plus extra to line the moulds
75g of plain flour
In a separate pan, heat the milk until warmed through and slowly pour into the butter mixture, whisking all the time until fully incorporated in a smooth sauce
425ml of milk
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the grated Parmesan until melted through. Mix through the Dijon mustard, chopped garlic and Esplette pepper, then season to taste with salt and pepper and allow to cool
200g of grated Parmesan, plus extra to line the moulds
20g of Dijon mustard
1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp Espelette pepper
Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3
Line 10 soufflé moulds or ramekins with a layer of melted butter then dust with grated Parmesan to coat
In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they reach stiff peaks. Mix the egg yolks into the butter mixture until combined, then gently fold in the whisked egg whites
6 eggs, separated
Pour the soufflé mixture into the moulds, leaving a 1cm gap from the top rim. Bake in the oven for 12–15 minutes, then remove and leave to cool
For the leek fondue, prepare the leeks by trimming the ends and slicing them into quarters lengthways. Slice each quarter into 1cm slices, then rinse with cold water in a colander
Add the leeks to a pan with the oil, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Sweat gently until softened and the water has cooked out, then stir in the cream and continue to cook until thickened
1 tbsp of olive oil
250ml of cream
Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 4
Divide the leek fondue between ten ovenproof serving dishes and sprinkle over a little grated Parmesan. Turn out the soufflés and place one in the centre of each dish, then mix together the milk and cream pour evenly over the top
60g of grated Parmesan
150ml of cream
350ml of milk
Cook the dishes in the oven for 15 minutes until golden, garnishing with slices of black truffle. Serve immediately
black truffle, finely sliced
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