It's the close of the holiday season, and the weather certainly has not been frightful around these parts. We've had it generally mild and bright, and these birds were out making the most of basking under the chilly but blue skies at this apparent hot spot for bird meetings. I didn't park my car under them despite the satisfaction I'm sure they would've gotten out of it.
When I was living where I had yards, weeds were the bane of my gardening existence. I'd collect an entire yard waste bag full of them every week and curse the lawns around me for letting theirs go to seed and float onto my lawn to spur more. Now with apartment living can you believe I actually went out in search of a dandelion in bloom to retrieve and bring home to photograph?!
I turned the focus beep off on my camera but the clunk of the shutter didn't make it any more comfortable for Duck or myself, being in such close proximity to one another. I had visions of getting attacked by a duck for getting too close - we've all seen versions of those home movies. When it got up and hissed I decided to take my leave.
Timing is of the essence when serving a souffle. Even more so when taking a picture of one since the impressive puff over the top of the ramekin lasts a short minute once you remove it from the oven. I wasn't expecting my baking attempt to be a rousing success in the first place since gluten free stuff usually isn't when I make it, but this time I even impressed myself! I wasted more than the valuable minute fetching the camera to take a hurried shot of the product after I removed them from the oven, so they fell flat for the photo. The visual was great when piping hot from the oven though, and they're flat-out delicious (no pun intended). Recipe follows below so you can impress company at your next dinner party - or just yourself if you're in the mood for baking.
Gluten Free Lemon Souffle
1/2 cup sugar
finely chopped rind and juice from 2 lemons
2/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup half-and-half cream
3 large egg yolks
1 tbsp sorghum flour
1-1/4 tbsp cornstarch
4 large egg whites
Preheat oven to 400C.
Butter the base and sides of 4 individual ramekins and sprinkle each with sugar, tipping and turning the dish to coat the inside and sides evenly.
Slowly bring milk and cream to almost boiling then remove from heat.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of the sugar until pale and thick.
Sift the flour and cornstarch into the yolk mixture and whisk until smooth.
Slowly pour the milk mixture from the pan into the bowl, whisking until smooth.
Pour all back into the pan and stir constantly over low heat for about 5 minutes until it is thick and smooth. Set aside to cool.
In a clean, large bowl whisk the egg whites to form stiff peaks. Add a few drops of lemon juice and whisk again. Gradually whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar until mixture is glossy and thick.
Add in lemon zest and juice, then whisk in 1/3 of the egg white mix. Now carefully fold in the rest of the egg whites until evenly mixed.
Spoon into the prepared ramekins by filling to the top then tap on the counter to remove air bubbles. Smooth the surface with a knife.
Place dishes on a baking sheet and bake in middle of the oven 15-18 minutes or until risen with a slight dip in the middle.
Sift some icing sugar on top and serve immediately.