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- Butter and granulated sugar for souffle mold
- 1 cup (225 ml) milk
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) less 2 tsp (10 ml) granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) all-purpose flour
- 4 egg whites
- 1/8 tsp (1 ml) cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp (1 ml) vanilla extract
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) of Grand Marnier
- Confectioners' sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 475.
- Butter and sugar a 4 cups (950 ml) souffle mold.
- In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a boil over medium heat.
- While the milk is heating, whisk the egg yolks and granulated sugar together in a small bowl.
- Add the flour and mix well, until smooth and free of lumps.
- Thin the egg yolk mixture with approximately 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the warm milk.
- When the remaining milk begins to boil, add it to the egg yolk mixture and stir well.
- Return the mixture to the saucepan and whisk rapidly over medium-high heat, making sure to whisk the bottom and the sides of the pan until the cream thickens and boils, about 1 minute.
- Cook the pastry cream an addtional 2 minutes over medium heat, whisking while it boils gently, until it becomes shiny and easy to stir.
- Remove the pan from the heat and cover to keep warm.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.
- Pour the pastry cream into a large bowl and stir in the vanilla, grated orange zest, and Grand Marnier.
- Fold one-third of the stiffly beaten eggs whites into the pastry cream with a whisk to lighten it.
- Fold the remaining whites into the mixture with a rubber spatula until it is smooth.
- Pour the souffle batter into the prepared mold and level the surface with the spatula.
- Run your thumb around the top of the mold to clean off any excess batter.
- Bake the souffle on the lowest rack of the oven for 5 minutes.
- Lower the temperature to 425 and bake another 4 to 5 minutes, until the souffle has risen at least halfway above the top of the mold, and is golden-brown in color, and springy to the touch.
- Remove from oven, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediatley.
- You can replace the Grand Marnier with any liqueur of your choice.
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