Souffle rothschild

Serves 4 people

This Remarkable dessert was invented by the great pastry chef Careme to honour his boss, Baron Rothschild. Many chef have called it the impossible dessert...but trust me. You'll nail it! best of all, it's the souffle you don't even have to bake.

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp caster sugar
  • ⅓ cup plain flour
  • 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 5 egg whites
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • icing sugar, fruit and double cream, to serve

1 Pour the milk into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over a moderate heat. Whisk the yolk, ¼ cup caster sugar, ? cup plain flour in a medium bowl until very light. Pour in the milk, stir to combine, then return to the heat and cook until thickened. Whisk in the Grand Marnier then set aside.

2 Whisk all 8 egg whites with the cream of tartar and remaining sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Fold ? of the meringue into the custard, then the next ?, then the final third.

3 Cook ½ Tbsp butter in a small (20cm) non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat for 2 minutes until nut-brown, then add ¼ of the batter. Cook for 3 minutes, until almost set, then fold over and turn out onto a pre-warmed plate. Dust with icing sugar and serve with fruit and double cream.