Black cherry soufflé with sous vide cherry ice cream and chocolate sauce

This sumptuous dark cherry soufflé recipe from Steven Smith is paired with an equally decadent cherry ice cream and chocolate sauce, making a spot-on dinner party dessert.

First published in 2015
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Ingredients

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Ice cream

  • 250g of cherries, large (pitted weight)
  • 78g of sugar
  • 35g of egg yolk
  • 330ml of milk
  • 60g of cream
  • 1g of salt
  • 25g of sugar
  • 100g of water
  • 3g of agar agar
  • 0.5g of xanthan gum

Soufflé base

Hot chocolate sauce

Soufflé

Equipment

  • Chamber sealer
  • Pacojet or ice cream maker
  • Sugar thermometer
  • Blender
  • Water bath
  • Vacuum bags

Method

1
Preheat a water bath to 85°C
2
For the ice cream base, beat the sugar and egg yolks together until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the milk, cream and salt to the boil then allow to cool slightly
  • 35g of egg yolk
  • 330ml of milk
  • 60g of cream
  • 1g of salt
  • 78g of sugar
3
Tip 1/3 of the milk mixture onto the eggs and sugar and whisk until fully incorporated. Return to the pan, heat until it reaches 82°C then pass through a fine sieve and chill in a bowl over ice
4
Mix the cherries with the sugar and water and seal in a vacuum bag. Cook in the water bath for 60 minutes
  • 250g of cherries, large (pitted weight)
  • 25g of sugar
  • 100g of water
5
Blitz the cooked cherries in a blender and pass into a heavy-based pan. Add the agar agar, dissolve over a low heat then allow to cool and set
  • 3g of agar agar
6
Add the xanthan gum, blitz again and pass through a fine sieve. To finish the ice cream, mix the ice cream base with 1/2 of the cherry purée, place in a Pacojet container and allow to freeze. Blend in the Pacojet just before serving. Alternatively, churn in an ice cream maker
  • 0.5g of xanthan gum
7
To make the soufflé base, mix together the cherry purée, sugar and cornflour, add to a saucepan and heat until thickened. Transfer to a tray, cover with cling film and allow to set. Once set, whisk until smooth and reserve
8
To make the chocolate sauce, gently heat all of the ingredients in a saucepan, whisking to combine. Reserve and reheat just before serving
9
To make the soufflé, preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Butter 4 ramekins and coat with the grated chocolate
10
Whisk the egg whites and gradually add the sugar until you achieve stiff peaks. Gently fold in 125g of the soufflé base until combined, add to a piping bag and pipe between the ramekins. Tap the ramekins on the bench to remove any excess air and scrape the tops with a palette knife. Bake for 7–8 minutes until risen and cooked through
11
Mix the remaining half of cherry purée leftover from the ice cream into the Griottine cherries and divide between plates. Place a quenelle of ice cream on top. Warm the chocolate sauce and transfer to a pouring jug. Serve the soufflés as soon as they come out of the oven
First published in 2015
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Steven Smith may be trend-averse but he is certainly not risk-averse, his cuisine embraces tradition without being consumed by it.

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