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Recipe: Banana Soufflés

Banana Souffle

Banana Soufflé


When life gives you bananas, make soufflés, right? I think that’s how the saying goes. Oh well, either way. These Banana Soufflés are light and fluffy (and require good timing).

The hardest part is whisking the egg whites until they get some nice, soft peaks. You can do it though, just throw some extra elbow grease into it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 firm, ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 TBSP sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 egg whites
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Pinch of salt

Banana Souffle

Caution! Serve immediately or these soufflés will shrivel quickly.


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Brush four 1-cup ramekins with melted butter. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar to one of the ramekins and rotate it to coat with sugar. Tap the excess sugar into another ramekin. Repeat until all the ramekins are coated with sugar.
  3. In a food processor, puree the bananas with lime juice, egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of the sugar until smooth. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. (This is the hardest part!)
  5. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until firm and glossy. Using a rubber spatula, beat one-fourth of the beaten whites into the banana mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites.
  6. Spoon the soufflé mixture into the prepared ramekins and tap them lightly on a countertop.
  7. Transfer the soufflés to a baking sheet and bake in the center of the oven for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and risen. Do not open the oven until they are finished!

Once you pull these Banana Soufflés from the oven, they will start to shrivel up pretty quickly. Mine rose a little more than indicated in the pictures.

These Banana Soufflés are actually fairly healthy. Each only contains about 1 TBSP of sugar so you could do a lot worse. If you get it right, the soufflés should be light, airy and fluffy.

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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Cookin', Desserts, Recipes

 

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Recipe: Key Lime Bread Pudding

Key Lime Bread Pudding

Key Lime Bread Pudding with a Coconut Milk Glaze

I have to admit this Key Lime Bread Pudding was really more of an experiment than a vision, but it worked.

Key limes (or their juice) are vital to this dessert recipe. And rather than French bread (which I normally use in bread pudding), I used donut holes to give it added sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Key Lime Bread Pudding Ingredients

    Key Lime Bread Pudding Ingredients

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 3 dozen day-old donut holes, torn into 1/4-inch pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Key Lime Bread Pudding with Donut Holes

    Soaking the donut holes in the key lime custard

  3. Combine first seven ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
  4. Add donut holes and toss gently to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Spread mixture evenly into a baking dish coated with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes or until bread pudding sets.
  7. Garnish with a key lime slice and serve.

For a topping, I combined a little coconut milk and some sugar to give it a really tropical vibe.

If you can’t get donut holes, just buy donuts and tear them into bite-sized pieces. You may even sweet talk a donut shop into giving you some stale donuts or donut holes for cheap.

  • To make sure I didn’t eat the whole pan, I took this to the office and it disappeared in a few hours. It’s that good.
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    Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Cookin', Desserts, Recipes

     

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