Frozen Grand Marnier Soufflé

A frozen Grand Marnier soufflé is a thoroughly elegant dessert.  It is also one of the tastiest. Some say it’s similar to ice cream. But not in my book. Frozen soufflés are rich and heavenly. They are light but luxurious. Back in my restaurant days, I made them almost daily.
Regular diners loved them, and they were a great item for large parties—so I made a lot of them. Like rice pudding and creme brûlée, I filed this recipe away in the “overdone” category when I left the kitchen. I’m not sure what prompted me to make these again after so many years. It may have been my conversation with Jacques Pepin, and his (and my) love of the classics.  If you’ve never had a frozen Grand Marnier soufflé, you are missing out.
Grand Marnier soufflé

There are two different styles of frozen soufflés; both are somewhat easy to make, so don’t be intimidated. One type is light and uses an Italian meringue (egg whites beaten and “cooked” by slowly folding in a hot, sugar syrup). The other, like my recipe, is creamier and has an eggy base that takes on whatever flavoring agent you add, such as the Grand Marnier. The base here is technically considered a Bavarian cream, which is a type of custard. With this method, egg yolks are gently cooked with sugar until thickened. With either type, you need to remember eggs can be somewhat tricky so making a frozen soufflé does require some focus. But it’s very doable.

Grand Marnier soufflé

This make-ahead dessert is a perfect way to finish an elegant dinner for a few or many, especially in the warm Summer months. All you need is some freezer space. To make a frozen soufflé have a dramatic appearance, you wrap a strip of parchment paper about 4 inches in height around the ramekins and tape it in place. This will hold the custard (which is the consistency of a loose whipped cream) in place, vertically, while it freezes. The result will be visually appealing with good height. Removing the parchment strips and adding an orange peel for garnish is all the work you need to do right before serving—it does not get easier than that!
Grand Marnier soufflé
On the spoon, a frozen soufflé can look like ice cream; but to me, it’s much better. The creaminess from the egg custard makes the flavor more complex and worth the calories. Just slightly melted, the aromatic flavor of the Grand Marnier coats the mouth subtly (and I am someone who does not love Grand Marnier on its own).  Some add a fruit puree on the side, such as raspberry, in addition. While it can complement the Grand Marnier nicely, I don’t think you need it. I prefer the straightforwardness of the orange liqueur to offset the richness of the frozen custard. So with the temperatures heating up out there, give this frozen soufflé a whirl whether you’re cooking for one, two, or a larger group.
Grand Marnier soufflé
About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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