If you were to ask me which dish is the most difficult to shoot , I would tell you it is Soufflé! Wikipedia: A Soufflé is a light, fluffy, baked dish made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savoury main dish or sweetened as a dessert. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up” — an apt description of what happens to this combination of custard and egg whites.
I like how soufflé looks – very cute, fluffy, and pretty! The most important thing to make a good soufflé is to beat egg whites to a soft peak meringue. It’s not that difficult to achieve this nowadays if you have electric whisk or your Kitchen Aids stand mixer. As soon as you master the base, you can basically create as many flavours as you want, savoury to sweet – not a problem!! When you attempt to make a soufflé, there’s only one objective: it’s like you want to make a pretty hat for your ramekin! 🙂
Now, why is it so difficult to shoot soufflé particularly? Well, they get puffed up in the oven after about 15-20 minutes, so gorgeous! Once you get then out of the oven, you have probably 5-7 minutes to shoot your beautiful soufflé before it falls or ‘deflated’!!
My experience is:
1. Get your background/setting ready before cooking. Try to have a simple setting, as the ‘star’ is the soufflé.
2. Think of colour and size of the ramekin that you want to use to match your setting.
3. If you are using tripod, set it up and try a few shots with empty ramekin(s) to get your lighting right. Also, try on different angles and settle for the one that you like most.
4. Have the props that you want to use near to your setting. If you want to add a spoon/fork/saucer/napkin/glass….etc, make sure they can be reached easily as time is precious!
5. Shooting tethered and using a remote – this helps you to concentrate and will also help you to determine if you have achieved what you wanted in a bigger screen. Thus, allowing you to take more shots if needed (while the soufflé is still puffy!!).
6. Try to stay calm all the time and don’t think of the time constraint you have.
So, you want to try this gorgeous and yummy soufflé, below is the recipe that I used.