Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Amaranth souffle

Amaranth is one of my favourite foods, you can do so much with it, it is delicious and super healthy. I found the recipe for this amaranth souffle at the website of a Californian company called "Rancho Gordo". They produce many great foods and amaranth is one of them.

This souffle is really wonderful and the best thing is that you can twist the recipe with different spices and herbs. I also make a sweet version with sugar, cinnamon and raisins.

Amaranth souffle
recipe from Rancho Gordo
makes 6 individual souffles
1/2 dl +1 tbsp amaranth
1,5 dl water
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
some ground white pepper and nutmeg
1 dl +2 tbsp warm milk
2 large eggs
50 gr grated cheese (I used Parmesan)
some butter and bread crumbs for the molds

Cook amaranth in double as much water and cook for about 20 minutes. When done it will look like thick porridge. Set aside. Preheat oven to 180C. Butter the molds and sprinkle with the bread crumbs.

Melt butter, add flour, pepper and nutmeg, as soon as it foams (do not let it get brown) take off the heat and add slowly milk, mixing all the time. Cook for couple of minutes until it thickens. Add grated cheese, mix well, add amaranth.
Separate the eggs and add egg yolks to the amaranth mixture. Beat white eggs until foamy, add some lemon juice and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 to the amaranth mixture, fold in rest of the egg whites.

Pour the mixture into the molds, fill 3/4 of each mold. Bake for about 30 minutes, then turn of the oven and leave the souffle inside for about 10 minutes. Serve hot!

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