How to Make Soufflés

Every cook likes to show off sometimes, and few dishes are as dazzling as the old-fashioned but remarkably light soufflé, sweet or savory.

Three Steps to Soaring Soufflés

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Three Steps to Soaring Soufflés

The secret to these ethereal puffs has everything to do with egg whites. Whip in a blast of air, and carefully incorporate the billowy froth into a creamy base. Then serve right away—these delicate creations defy gravity for a few fleeting moments.

View Recipe: Brown Sugar Soufflés with Crème Anglaise

How to Make Souffles: Coat the Dishes

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Coat the Dishes

Lightly coat dishes with cooking spray. Then add a coarse ingredient to provide traction. Granulated sugar works for sweet soufflés, and breadcrumbs are good for savory.

How to Make Souffles: Whip the Egg Whites

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Whip the Egg Whites

Soufflés are leavened only by egg whites; separate the eggs carefully so they'll whip nicely. Beat whites just to medium peaks: Test to see if they stand at a 45° angle to be sure.

How to Make Souffles: Gently Fold Egg Whites

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Gently Fold

Incorporate the egg whites into the heavier base by pushing lightly down and pulling the heavier custard mixture up and over the whites, using a sweeping S motion as you work.

Spinach and Parmesan Soufflés Recipe

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Spinach and Parmesan Soufflés

Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese has a superior nutty flavor you won't find in the domestic alternatives. It's worth seeking out—be sure to buy a wedge and grate it yourself.

View Recipe: Spinach and Parmesan Soufflés

Lemon-Almond Soufflés Recipe

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Lemon-Almond Soufflés

A dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder is a traditional garnish for this classic dessert. Here, we sprinkle the tops with sliced almonds before baking to add contrasting flavor and texture.

View Recipe: Lemon-Almond Soufflés

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