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Unlike a classic fragile soufflé, these individual soufflés are designed to fall and then puff brilliantly back to life with their second baking. This means that they can be made in advance, even the day before. MAKE AHEAD: The unmolded baked soufflés can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before proceeding. Wine: A rich, mouth-filling white such as the 1998 E. Guigal Condrieu matches that of these light and creamy soufflés. Or try a silky-textured red Burgundy, such as the 1997 Morey St-Denis Domaine Dujac.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
- 4 ounces mild goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
- 10 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 2 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 1⁄2 cups freshly grated gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
- fresh ground white pepper
- 8 large egg whites
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour twelve 1/3-cup ramekins. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk and 1 cup of the heavy cream until smooth; bring to a boil, whisking constantly, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, whisking, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the goat cheese. Scrape the sauce into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
- Beat the egg yolks into the sauce. Stir in the Roquefort and 1/2 cup of the Gruyère. Season with salt and white pepper.
- In a large stainless steel bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until almost firm. Using a large rubber spatula, fold one-third of the beaten whites into the cheese sauce, then fold in the remaining egg whites just until blended. Gently spoon the soufflé mixture into the prepared ramekins, filling them three-fourths full. Set the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Run your thumb around the rim of each ramekin to clean the inside.
- Bake the soufflés for 25 minutes, or until well risen and golden but not quite set in the center. Let cool, then invert the soufflés onto a large heatproof platter or into individual gratin dishes.
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Pour 2 tablespoons of the remaining heavy cream over each soufflé and sprinkle them with the remaining 1 cup of Gruyère. Bake the soufflés for 8 to 10 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. If baking the soufflés on a platter, use a flat spatula to transfer them with their cream to plates, then serve.