10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Soufflés

You love it, but how well do you really know souffles? Check out 10 interesting souffle facts we compiled for you.

10. The word "soufflé" is actually the past participle of the French verb "souffler".

which may mean both to puff up and to blow up - a description of what happens to a souffle after being cooked.

9. A Soufflé is generally served as a sweet dessert, or a savory meal.

8. There are souffle days celebrated around the globe.

National Chocolate Soufflé Day celebrated on February 28th and National Cheese Souffle Day celebrated on May 18th are two of the most popular souffle days.

7. The recipe for souffle first appeared in Vincent La Chapelle’s Le Cuisinier Moderne in 1742.

6. The World's Biggest Soufflé was consumed in less than ten minutes.

According to The Guinness Record Book, the biggest soufflé was in the Palestinian town of Nablus. It weighed 3,891 pounds, was 243 feet long and it was consumed in less than ten minutes.

5. It got more popular after Audrey Hepburn's famous scene in Sabrina (1954).

In the movie, a master chef criticized Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) for her poor attempt at making soufflés because she didn’t turn on the oven.

4. Soufflés are often punctured.

Bakers generally puncture the top of soufflés just to add different kinds of delicious sauces.

3. Soufflés are often made from two basic components:

the base – which includes the yolks.
the soft peak – from beaten egg whites.

2. A soufflé is fluffy and puffed up just for 5 or 10 minutes.

After it is cooked, soufflés generally fall after 5 or 10 minutes of being puffed up and fluffy.

1. The most expensive soufflé is made by Executive Chef Richard Farnabe and Alexandre Petrossian.

It is sold for US $2,500 at Petrossian in New York, New York, USA.

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