So I have a good friend named Steffen and we have recently taken a liking to cooking fun, new or fancy things together. The last two times we've done this it has happened to fall on a Sunday night, and I think that it is sort of becoming tradition. I am really excited about this for a number of reasons: I get to eat the things I make, I get to learn how to make more things, I am enhancing my homemaking skills, and I will get to have a weekly blog about what we made and what I learned!
So this last Sunday Steffen and I set out to make a chocolate soufflé. It's funny because neither one of us had ever made, seen, or tasted a soufflé. Now for those of you who don't know, soufflés are very temperamental; they are very sensitive to touch (and some have said light and sound... I think that may be pushing it, but you get the idea...) The soufflé been called the ''prima donna of the culinary world'' So in spite of the forces working against us we set to work.
For this cooking endeavor I got to be the head chef and Steffen was the sous chef. Basically I got to be in charge and got to tell him what to do :o)
So as we got started my roommate Shauna was using the oven. We started mixing ingredients and got going. As soon as Shauna took her food out of the oven I changed the oven heat to the appropriate temperature. Things went smoothly and we got the soufflé all mixed up and dished into the ramekins. We put them in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes. When the timer went off we looked in the oven and they didn't look even close to being done. After a few moments of confusion and debate of what we should do, we realized that the oven was off! It was on the correct heat on the 'temperature dial', but the 'bake dial' was in the off position. We reheated the oven and then they cooked just beautifully. (The main cooking tidbit I gleaned from this week's venture is to make sure that the oven is on before cooking something!)
We took these little treats out of the oven and topped then beautifully with powdered sugar. We "served immediately'' as directed and they were INCREDIBLE! They were described in a number of ways: a chocolaty cloud, a little taste of heaven, amazing, and downright tasty. All in all it was a very pleasant experience, and I am on my way to being a better cook!