The picture taking actually caused the most stress! Once the soufflé was removed from the oven, I knew I only had a matter of minutes to snap a few shots before the cave in. Of course, despite the fact that I had everything set up, it felt like an exercise at a bakers boot camp.
My kitchen is as dark as a dungeon thanks to a poor, lone northern light window. As luck would have it, the day was overcast and on the verge of raining. I had my little photo props set up in the best lit room ( which was not very bright either ). But in order to get to said room I had to run several feet holding a baking sheet with an overused Ove Glove and two cats who conveniently happened to be napping in the line of fire. With a mix of recalled soccer and ballet skills I managed to weave in and out of the felines ( which was not too easy considering the fact that one is an overfed 24lb Maine Coon. ) I even manged to side step some potentially trip inducing toy mice. All the while my hand was starting to feel the burn from the hot sheet. I would love to see this sprint in slow motion.
I finally made it to my camera and had about one minute to shoot some shaky pictures in very poor lighting conditions. But I am so happy to have Finally baked a soufflé. It was everything I had imagined it to be. Light and with a fluffiness which almost melts in your mouth. The sugar coating around the ramekin gives the outer layer a wonderful crunch right before you taste the rich chocolate. This is best made with a good quality dark chocolate ( I used a Lindt chocolate orange bar ). And it should be served immediately, Unless you have to photograph your creations. :)