Cheese soufflés with apple, walnut and pomegranate salad

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Shaun Rankin's individual cheese soufflés are twice cooked, allowing you to do the main part of the preparation well ahead of time. The soufflés are firstly steamed – you can then refrigerate them and bake them in the oven just before sitting down with guests. The apple, walnut and pomegranate salad is a wonderful side in this cheese soufflé recipe, but would be beautiful on its own too. If you are making these cheese soufflés for vegetarians, substitute the Parmesan for a cheese with vegetarian rennet, such as Old Winchester.

First published in 2015





To plate


  • 4 x 10cm diameter ovenproof moulds/ramekins
  • Steamer


Pour the milk into a saucepan and warm gently over a low heat to take the chill off it. Sift the flour into the milk and mix well
  • 240ml of milk
  • 3 tbsp of plain flour
Cook on a moderate heat until you can no longer taste the flour in the mixture and there are no lumps. Remove from the heat and beat in the butter
Beat the egg yolks into the mixture, then add the cheddar and chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper
Grease the 4 moulds/ramekins with softened butter and coat the insides with the grated Parmesan
  • 5 tbsp of Parmesan, or vegetarian hard cheese, grated
Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until you have firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the cheese sauce, taking care not to deflate them by overworking or being too heavy handed
Spoon the mixture into the moulds and cook in a steamer for 12 minutes. When cooked, remove from the steamer and leave to stand for 10 minutes or until they are cool enough to handle
Remove the soufflés from the moulds. At this stage, you can either put them in the fridge until needed or cook straight away.
To cook, preheat the oven to 200˚C/Gas mark 6. Put the soufflés on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 6–8 minutes
To serve, arrange the apple on 4 small plates with the walnuts, rocket and pomegranate seeds scattered over. Remove the soufflés from the oven and place straight onto the salad. Drizzle with walnut oil and serve straight away
First published in 2015

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