After we talked about strawberry fabulousity, I decided that I must locate and try a soufflé recipe with minimal cooking. This one, Chef Gary Robins, is mostly assembly work. The wimmins in the house pronounced it grand-i-mous.
Frozen Strawberry Soufflé
7 tablespoons sugar
3 ounces whole blanched hazelnuts (almonds can be substituted)
1⁄2 teaspoon peanut oil
1 pound strawberries, stemmed and hulled
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
5 egg whites
1⁄4 teaspoon orange zest
3 ounces hazelnut praline, crushed coarsely
1 and 1⁄4 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons amaretto
Remaining hazelnut praline
6 sprigs of mint Cooking Instructions Praline
Lightly oil a sheet pan. Melt the sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, increasing the temperature gradually. Continue to cook until the sugar turns golden brown (swirl, but do not stir). Immediately fold in the hazelnuts, and quickly spread the mixture on the sheet pan. (The caramel will start to set very quickly.)
Cut six 13-by-4-inch strips of parchment or aluminum foil. Form into collars around six 6-ounce ramekins, and tape or tie in place.
Cut a quarter of the strawberries into 1⁄4-inch chunks, and toss with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Set aside to macerate for 20 minutes.
Purée the remaining strawberries in a blender or food processor, and reserve. Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually sift in the remaining sugar, and whip until a stiff, light meringue forms. Fold in the orange zest, crushed praline, drained macerated strawberries, and strawberry purée.
Whip the cream until stiff, and fold into the strawberry meringue along with the amaretto. Ladle the mixture into the prepared ramekins, filling them to 1⁄2 inch from the top of the collars. Set on a tray, and freeze overnight. (The soufflés will keep in the freezer for a week.)
Remove the parchment, and garnish each soufflé with a fresh strawberry, a piece of praline, and a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
… Or soon will be. If you have central air conditioning, there’s a good chance that there is a little pipe that is positioned over a window, door, or other conspicuous place. It’s in a conspicuous place so that you will know something is wrong when you see it dripping. It means that condensation has collected in the secondary drip pan. This is not a good thing. You should not run a new length of pipe so that the drip is not annoying. You should fix your friggin’ air conditioner. Normal condensation in the air conditioning process is sent through your normal sewer pipes and away from your life. Just in case things go wrong, a secondary pan is installed underneath the whole she-bang. That pan is drained to the annoying little spout dripping in a conspicuous place. It’s telling you that something is wrong. It could be that the main line is clogged or it could be something else. But it is not designed to go on like this forever. That pan will eventually rust out and then all of that lovely insulation will get soaked along with the sheetrock ceiling. It will eventually come falling down. And be MUCH more expensive than just fixing the AC the right way in the first place.
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