Pumpkin Souffle with Todd
Chef Todd English's recipe is a classic souffle made with pumpkin puree. Enhanced with pumpkin pie spices, the subtle flavor melds well with the airy texture of the egg-based souffle.
- Yield: Makes 6
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan and souffle dishes
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for souffle dishes
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 9 large eggs, separated
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- Cinnamon Anglaise
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a small baking sheet. Spread pumpkin puree evenly over prepared baking sheet. Bake until puree loses most of its moisture, but is not quite dry and has not formed a crust, about 25 minutes. Stir halfway through cooking time. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Add cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and vanilla extract to pumpkin mixture. Stir to combine. Cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (and up to 3 days).
In a small saucepan, combine milk and fresh ginger. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve; discard solids.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Butter six 10-ounce souffle dishes. Dust with granulated sugar, tapping out excess.
Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt until smooth. Gradually add the steeped milk, whisking constantly, and continue to cook until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the pumpkin mixture and the brown sugar to milk mixture; stir to combine. Stir in egg yolks. Transfer to a large bowl, and place bowl in the ice-water bath to cool mixture completely.
Combine egg whites and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until soft peaks form. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and beat until stiff glossy peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold egg whites into chilled pumpkin mixture in two stages.
Pour into prepared souffle dishes, mounding mixture slightly over the rim. Smooth surfaces of souffles with your fingertip. Bake until tops are colored and dry to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve immediately with cinnamon anglaise.