AskDefine | Define souffle

Dictionary Definition

souffle n : light fluffy dish of egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites mixed with e.g. cheese or fish or fruit

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  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, souffler
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, souffler
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, souffler

Extensive Definition

A soufflé is a light, fluffy, baked dish made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffler which means "to blow up" or more loosely "puff up" — an apt description of what happens to this combination of custard and egg whites. Every soufflé is made from 2 basic components:
  1. a béchamel base/flavored cream sauce or purée
  2. beaten egg whites.
The base provides the flavor and the whites provide the "lift". Foods commonly used for the base in a soufflé include cheese, chocolate, banana and lemon (the last three are used for desserts, often with a good deal of sugar). When it comes out of the oven, a soufflé should be puffed up and fluffy, and will generally fall after 5 or 10 minutes (as risen dough does).
Soufflés can be made in containers of all shapes and sizes but it is traditional to make soufflé in "soufflé cups" or ramekins. These containers vary greatly in size, but are typically glazed white, flat-bottomed, round porcelain containers with unglazed bottoms and fluted exterior borders.
There are a number of variations on the soufflé theme. One is an ice cream soufflé. This combines a soufflé with ice cream and either a fruit or a hot sauce.
There are many variations, but there are different kinds of "souffles" such as the Ice Cream Souffle. Not to be mistaken with the one above. The Ice cream souffle AKA glace souffle is a cold treat which is sometimes soft and fluffy and cold or others variations include a meringue covered ice cream. A simple recipe of the ice cream souffle is made from eggs, sugar, and whip cream. and froze in the freezer for overnight and can be eaten alone or topped with syrups.

In Popular Culture

The soufflé, because of its tendency to fall rather quickly, has been displayed in many forms of media, especially cartoons and children's programs, as very difficult to survive outside the oven for more than a short time. Some jest that a poke, a loud noise or even a dirty look will make a soufflé collapse.
souffle in Danish: Soufflé
souffle in German: Soufflé
souffle in Spanish: Suflé
souffle in French: Soufflé
souffle in Italian: Soufflé
souffle in Hebrew: תפיחה
souffle in Japanese: スフレ
souffle in Russian: Суфле
souffle in Simple English: Soufflé
souffle in Chinese: 梳芙厘

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

airy, beaten, blebby, blistered, blistering, blistery, boiled eggs, breakers, bubbling, bubbly, burbling, burbly, carbonated, chiffon, coddled eggs, collar, deviled eggs, downy, dropped eggs, ebullient, effervescent, eggs, ethereal, feathery, fizzy, fluffy, foam, foamy, fried eggs, froth, frothy, gossamery, head, imponderous, lather, leger, light, light as air, lighter than vanity, meringue, mousse, offscum, omelet, poached eggs, puff, puffed, scrambled eggs, scud, scum, sea foam, shirred eggs, soapsuds, souffleed, sparkling, spindrift, spoondrift, spray, spume, spumescent, stinging, stuffed eggs, suds, surf, unheavy, vesicant, vesicated, vesicatory, vesicular, volatile, weightless, whipped, white water, yeasty
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