Thursday, March 10, 2016

Blood Orange Souffle

Tonight, we also made some blood orange souffles. The intent was to only make 8 oranges and half the recipe. However, we forgot we were doing that and ended up making the whole thing. Luckily, the only thing required from inside the blood oranges is the orange juice, and there was more than enough orange juice from 4 oranges to make probably at least two batches of the recipe. The downside, is that only 4 of the beautiful orange "bowls" were available, but it was still really good!
Here is the original recipe: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/blood-orange-souffles
Also, we were not able to find any blood orange marmalade, so we substituted Seville Orange marmalade from Trader Joe's instead. Surprisingly, these were relatively easy to make and a wonderful light desert! We made these about 40 minutes ahead before putting it into the oven.
Blood Orange Souffle

Out of the oven!

Just the orange cups

Right before going into the oven

The souffle filling

Orange cups

Insides of the 4 blood oranges

Ingredients:

4 medium blood oranges
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon blood orange marmalade
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Cut a very thin slice off the bottom of each orange so it stands upright; be careful not to pierce the pith. This has to be a VERY thin slice, better to cut a smaller piece and then cut more off than to cut too much
3. Slice 1 inch off the tops to expose the fruit.
4. Using a superfine citrus zester, such as a Microplane, grate 1/2 teaspoon of zest from the tops and reserve; discard the remaining tops.

5. Using a sharp paring knife or grapefruit spoon, scoop out the fruit into a medium bowl. We found that using a spoon actually works best and gets the orange pieces out most "wholly".  Hollow out the oranges, being careful not to pierce through the skin and collecting all the juice in the bowl.
6. Arrange the orange shells on the prepared baking sheet.

7. Squeeze the juice from the fruit and strain into a bowl. We used a NutriBullet to mush up the fruit and then strained it to get the juice.
8. Transfer 1/2 cup of the juice to a medium saucepan; reserve the rest for another use. You can throw away the pulp.
9. Add 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat; cook until the sugar is dissolved.
10. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and the cornstarch until smooth.
11. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the hot orange juice.
12. Add the mixture to the saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, whisking constantly, until thickened to a pudding consistency, about 1 minute.
13. Whisk in the reserved 1/2 teaspoon of grated zest and the marmalade. Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl and let cool until lukewarm, about 30 minutes.
 If you put into a shallower, glass bowl and spread it out, it will cool much faster than the recommended 30 minutes.
14. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. 15. Fold the whites into the cooled orange mixture until well blended.
16. Spoon the filling into the orange shells, leaving 1/4 inch at the top. Run the tip of a sharp paring knife just around the inner rim of the oranges to help the souffl├ęs rise evenly.
17. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, until the souffl├ęs are risen and golden on top. Transfer to serving plates, dust 
with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.


MAKE AHEAD
The souffles can be prepared through Step 6 and kept at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.

What we liked:

Very light and airy. It was a very unique experience in the orange. It seems like a party dish, but it would be hard to do for a large amount of people as these are best warm. 

What we didn't like:

A little too sweet for Nick. Alona thought it was good. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He said it looked "gross". He normally loves oranges, but not a fan of sticky things. He seems to be more on a chocolate kick these days. 

Next time:

Bigger oranges! That would make it easier to scoop out and get the souffles in. Maybe not fill it so high either.