Its officially ice-cream time! This exquisite desert is sure to impress your guests – pour the coulis at the table for maximum impact.
- 450g of raspberries
- 15g of cornflour
For the moulds
- 3 slices of pain d’epice loaf, or other good quality ginger bread
- butter, softened
- 150g of egg white
- 150g of caster sugar
- 50g of caster sugar
- 4 mint leaves, large
Buttermilk ice cream
- 75g of buttermilk
- 150g of milk
- 75g of cream
- 110g of caster sugar
- 105g of egg yolk
- 4 sprigs of mint
- icing sugar, for dusting
- For the ice cream, combine the milk and double cream in a saucepan, place over a medium-high heat and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar with the egg yolks until pale and fluffy (sabayon). Remove the hot cream mixture off the heat and whisk a small amount into the sabayon, then start pouring the sabayon mix back into the hot cream, continually whisking to incorporate
- 250g of buttermilk
- 125g of milk
- 125g of cream
- 150g of caster sugar
- 140g of egg yolk
2. Return to the heat and continue to stir, bringing the mixture to 80˚C. Remove from the heat, whisk in the buttermilk, pass through a fine sieve, chill and process in a Pacojet once ready to serve, or churn in an ice cream maker.
3. For the raspberry purée, which will be part of both the soufflé base and the coulis, press the fresh raspberries through a fine sieve, using a small ladle to force as much liquid through as possible.
4. Mix the cornflour with 250g of the passed raspberries and set aside. Reserve 100g of the purée for the raspberry coulis.
5. Cook the cornflour and raspberry mix in a Thermomix at 80°C for 20 minutes on a low speed setting. Pour out into a container, cover the surface with cling film and allow to set in the fridge – this is best prepared the day before.
6. Preheat the oven to 110°C/gas mark 1/4
7. To prepare the pain d’epice crumb, simply dry out the bread in the oven until hard and crispy. Break up and blend in a food processor to form a fine crumb.
8. Coat the inside of each soufflé mould with a thin, even layer of soft butter. Add a spoonful of pain d’epice crumb and tap it around until the butter is completely coated. Pour out the excess crumb into the next butter-lined mould and repeat until each mould is coated.
9. To prepare the soufflé mix, add the egg white to a mixing bowl and whisk until the whites start to foam. While whisking, slowly pour in the caster sugar until soft peaks form.
10. Add a third of this mix to the soufflé base in a round-bottomed bowl and whisk together to form an even colour. Add the second third and fold the mix in carefully until the colour is consistent again. Add the rest of the mix and repeat.
11. Add the finished soufflé mix to a piping bag and pipe into the prepared moulds. Scrape off the top with a palette knife and run your thumb around the top of each rim to ensure the moulds are clean.
12. For the coulis, add the 100g of reserved raspberry purée to a pan with the sugar and heat until just dissolved. Finely chop the mint leaves (brunoise) and mix through the coulis. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
13. Once ready to cook the soufflés, preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4 – the soufflés can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 hour if the mix is stable enough.
14. Place the soufflés in a tray and cook for approximately 8 minutes, turning halfway through. Once cooked, dust with icing sugar, add a sprig of mint and serve with the ice cream and coulis, poured onto the soufflés at the table
Our thanks to Great British Chefs where this recipe first appeared
The Chef: George Blogg
George Blogg’s résumé is an impressive read – he’s worked at two Michelin-starred restaurants: with Philip Howard at The Square in Mayfair and under David Everitt-Matthias at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham. “I’m very fortunate to have worked with both of them, they really are two of the most well respected English chefs working in kitchens at the moment,” he says. There have been stages at esteemed eateries Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire; The Ledbury in Notting Hill; and Noma in Copenhagen – all champions of locally sourced and foraged produce. Then there was a fruitful tenure as executive chef at Hotel TerraVina in Hampshire before moving on to Gravetye Manor, an Elizabethan mansion that was awarded AA Hotel of the Year England 2013-14 and a Michelin star for its restaurant in 2015 under George.
The Restaurant: Gravetye Manor Hotel Restaurant
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The restaurant is an oak paneled dining room with grand fireplace and crisp white linen. Chef, George Blogg, has created a modern British menu, with 95% of all fruit and vegetable used in the Summer months being from their beautiful kitchen garden.
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