Chef Anne Burrell shares her secrets to perfectly seared black bass, with moist and flaky flesh under impossibly crisp skin. The mild fish is paired with a fresh Bitter Green, Grapefruit & Feta salad. For dessert, Chef Anne knows the tricks to baking light-as-air Lemon Soufflés, finished with silky Crème Anglaise
Total Time: 50 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 30 min
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the ramekins
- 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for coating the ramekins
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 eggs, separated plus 2 more whites
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 lemon, zested
- Kosher salt
- Creme Anglaise, recipe follows
- Creme Anglaise:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- Special equipment: six 8-ounce ramekins
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Brush the inside ramekins with butter and then dust with sugar. Reserve the ramekins in the fridge.
- Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the saucepan and add the flour. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes and whisk in the milk and add 3/4 cup sugar. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Whisk in the egg yolks, 1 at a time. Add the lemon juice and zest and reserve.
- Put the egg whites and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
- Using a rubber spatula, scoop one-third of the egg whites into the lemon mixture. Gently and quickly fold the whites in. Repeat this process 2 more times with the remaining whites. Be sure that the whites are fully combined and there are no streaks.
- Carefully spoon the mixture into the chilled ramekins until they are about three-quarters of the way full. Run your finger around the rim of the ramekin to make sure that the edges are clean.
- Place the filled ramekins on a sheet tray and into the preheated oven. Bake the souffles until the souffles have risen straight and tall over the rims of the ramekins, 13 to 15 minutes.
- Serve immediately, topped with Creme Anglaise.
- Creme Anglaise:
- Place the heavy cream in a small saucepan. Split the vanilla bean down one side and scrape the seeds out and put them in the heavy cream. Whisk in half the sugar. Place the pan on a medium heat and bring it to a boil.
- While the cream is heating, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar.
- When the cream comes to a boil, pour half of it into the egg and sugar mixture, whisk it and then pour it IMMEDIATELY back into the saucepan. Whisk to combine.
- Bring the sauce to a boil and immediately remove it from the heat and chill.
Recipe courtesy Anne Burrell