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Suspicious soufflés

I ordered a Grand Marnier iced soufflé and, despite the presence of the word "iced" on the menu, was immediately suspicious when it arrived at the table as my first birthday dessert of the day. It wasn't a soufflé as I know it. Eggs may never have been anywhere near it. A very thin circle of white cake base was the foundation for a three-inch-tall cylinder of clean-cut sides and a fun, sweet, crunchy, powdered topping. The "soufflé" itself was almost-but-not-quite too sweet, its infusion of Grand Marnier along with inner cream creating the smooth orangeness of its flavoring. I remain unconvinced that it had any more orange it in than the liquor alone could provide.

The creamy bulk had been whipped in its cooling, but does that make it a soufflé? Is anything with a whipped ingredient a kind of soufflé, and I just never realized it? It seemed like whipped ice cream, but perhaps that's what a recipe like this will produce. My meal at the Brasserie Chez Gerard was reasonably good, but I remain unconvinced by its souffléishness.

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a_d_medievalist
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
sounds more like a mousse to me
owlfish
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
It wasn't particularly mousselike either - its creaminess was in taste, not texture.
kukla_red
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Drat - I meant to send you a Happy Birthday message earlier today! Well, happy birthday and I wish you all the best!
owlfish
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! How kind of you to think of it earlier, even if you did get distracted.
chamaeleoncat
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Definately sounds like a mousse. Happy Birthday!

--C
owlfish
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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owlfish
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Some day, we shall meet, and there won't be dozens of other people, and we'll sit down and have a real conversation.

Thank you!
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owlfish
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm planning on having at least two today. I could have done better, I know, I know.
svb1972
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
sounds like a mousse.
Souffle has top be "blown" into it's height.. hence the word Souffle.

Sounds more like a clear cut Orange Mousse :)
owlfish
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
It's true I didn't immediately think mousse. The flavor, not the texture, was creamy, in part because of all the undissolved sugar crystals in it giving it a bit of crunch.
svb1972
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
did it have a panacota like texture?
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
No, it had more internal cell structure than that.
zoo_music_girl
Jul. 25th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was one.
sollersuk
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
If it doesn't involve an oven and probably the chef muttering arcane spells to make sure it doesn't collapse, it's not a souffle. It might still be delicious, but it's not a souffle.

Happy birthday anyway!
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Everything else I ate yesterday was much less cryptic.
coth
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
The lemon 'souffle' I had from M&S last week was a syllabub on a biscuit base. Sounds like yours was similar. Maybe the name is changing.

Happy birthday (sorry belated).
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Except even syllabubs are pretty smooth. This had a bit more granularity and texture to it. Like ice cream mixed with cake, whipped and set.

Thank you!
desperance
Jul. 26th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I suspect a name-change, in the way that 'marmalade' has almost come to mean anything a chef points to when he says 'marmalade'...

By me, a soufflé rises because of its complicated eggy nature, and nothing else will do to suit that name. But I am known to be a purist in these matters.
owlfish
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
You're right about marmalade abuse. It took me a while to come to terms with mushroom ketchup (etc.) not being name abuse, at least, not etymologically. (Mind you, I like marmalade a lot more than ketchup, in all their respective versions.)
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