Soufflés + Some Catching Up

Hello! It’s been a while. I’ve been struggling to keep up with Cook the Book Fridays, both cooking and blogging. I was late getting one item made, so I waited to write about it until the next “official” posting day, then I was late getting the next item made, etc. It was a vicious cycle! I finally have a recipe made on time, so I am doing a bit of a catch up today.

Cheese, Bacon, and Arugula Spinach Soufflé


The recipe the group made for this week is individual Cheese, Bacon, and Arugula Soufflés. These savory little soufflés are easier to make and more fool-proof than the fabled recipes that risk collapse as they come out of the oven.

I made a few changes: I substituted spinach for the arugula and green onions for the chives, mostly because those are the ingredients I had on hand. I also cut the recipe in half, using 2 egg yolks and 3 egg whites.

Here is the same soufflé pictured above right after it came out of the oven, before it had a chance to deflate:


This was a big hit! All three of us loved our soufflés, and my daughter was the lucky one who got the extra soufflé in her lunch.



Paris-Paris is a cross between éclairs and a Paris-Brest. It’s basically a standard éclair, with the nut-praline pastry cream found in a Paris-Brest.

It took me three tries to get this one right. I could not get David’s éclair pastry recipe to work for me; it ended up way too thin for me to pipe properly. For my third attempt, I used Dorie’s pâte à choux recipe from Around My French Table since I had been successful with it before.

Wow, was this good! So worth the effort! The praline pastry cream took this over the top in deliciousness.

Beet Hummus


Finally, we’ve got Beet Hummus, which is exactly what it sounds like: hummus made with beets, in addition to the traditional chickpeas.

I don’t have too much to say about this one. It was good, easy to make, and would make a nice appetizer for a dinner party because it’s a little different. I really liked the flavor from the pomegranate molasses.

Whew! I’m caught up (if you don’t count the one recipe I haven’t made yet). We’ll see if I can keep up now that I’m (mostly) caught up.

Have a great weekend!



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7 responses to “Soufflés + Some Catching Up

  1. Wahoo! You and I have a similar MO with the whole late to make it, I’ll wait to post, oops, rinse and repeat schedule. 🙂 All of these look great! You know the soufflés were a big hit for us. The eclairs were a bit frustrating for me as well and I did refer to Dorie’s book throughout the process. Finally, the beet hummus is nice and super different! Congrats on the catch-up!!

  2. James

    Looks great across the board! That hummus really has a unique color and pretzels were the favorite pairing here too.

  3. All the recipes look wonderful. I really liked this soufflé a lot, the flavors worked well together. I actually made a second batch for Tricia and hubby since I still had more ingredients, and they enjoyed this one too.

  4. Love your substitutions with spinach and green onions. The deep brown on top of the soufflé are incredible. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  5. Nice catchup! Nice to see you here again 🙂

  6. Emily

    Your souffles look fab! I went with spinach and green onions too, but only one cheese. Still tasted good, a repeat recipe for this one! Your beet hummus looks good, as well as your Paris2!

  7. Go you ! Great catch up posts. I am not even cooking these but simply enjoying being a taste tester lol ! The soufflé in particular was just delish and yours look fab. Great job !

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