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Bake Together-Caramelized Pecan Sweet Potato Skillet Souffle

Sweet Potato Skillet Souffle

This months Bake Together with Abby Dodge is a skillet souffle, Abby’s beautiful caramelized pear souffle was the base recipe and as always we are given creative license to make it our own, I used the basic recipe switching pecans for pears and sweet potato puree for the mascarpone, I made a few other little tweaks to the recipe and I must say this is like a super light pecan pie. It was not without mishaps, I had to make it three times, the first time I burnt the pecans (multi tasking doesn’t work when you have time sensitive food on the stove) the second time I didn’t burn the pecans but I caramelized the pecans in the brown sugar and found that when the souffle was done the brown sugar and pecans turned to hard candy, it was overcooked. To remedy this I roasted the pecans in the butter, added the brown sugar, syrup and rum and just let it sit until I was ready to put the souffle in the pan. This yielded the gooey caramel sauce i wanted.

I just want to give a shameless plug for Abby’s new book,  Mini Treats & Hand-Held Sweets I made her triple threat chocolate squares and they are so good, rich and fudgy I recommend you get this book, I want to make every single recipe.

Sweet caramel pecans

3/4 cup pecan halves
3 tbs butter
2 tbs firmly packed brown sugar
1 tbs Lyles golden syrup
1 tbs  dark rum
Melt butter in non stick oven safe 8 inch saute pan, add pecans and saute for 2 minutes or until you can smell the nuts, add the brown sugar, rum and golden syrup stir to combine  spread the pecans evenly in the pan and let sit until you are ready to add the souffle.
2 large eggs at room temperature separated
1/4 cup sweet potato puree
2 tbs heavy cream
1 tbs brown sugar packed
2 tbs flour
pinch of salt
Pre heat oven to 425 degrees, wash sweet potato or yam, wrap in foil place on baking sheet and bake for 40-60 minutes depending on the size of the potato. You will know its done by pressing on it with your finger and it will feel very soft. Remove from oven and let cool.
When potato can be handled comfortably blend in food processor or blender until very smooth
Make the souffle
 In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks, sweet potato puree, heavy cream and vanilla until well blended and smooth. Add the flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and salt and whisk until well blended.

In a (very clean) medium bowl ( you can use a stand mixer, if you’d like. I did.), beat the egg whites with an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium speed until the whites are frothy, 30 – 45
seconds. Increase the speed to to medium high and beat until the whites are very foamy and barely soft peaks. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar, increase the speed to high. Continue beating until the peaks are glossy and
form soft, floppy peaks (see pic above). Scrape the beaten whites into the yolk mixture and gently fold until just blended.

Heat the skillet (with the pecans) over medium low heat.  Gently pour/scrape the souffle mixture into the skillet and smooth the top. Reduce heat to low and cook until the edges begin to look dry, 3 to 4 minutes.

Using a potholder, slide the skillet into the oven and bake until the top is puffed, golden brown and the center springs back when lightly pressed, 5 to 7 minutes. Working quickly and using potholders (the
handle is super hot), move the skillet to a wire rack (or cool stovetop and dust the souffle with a light coating of confectioners’ sugar. Gently place the serving plate on top of the souffle and invert. Carefully
lift off the skillet. Using a small serrated knife, cut into wedges and serve immediately.

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Drbabs #

    This looks yummy

    October 18, 2012
    • Thanks so much Barbara, this may make it on the rotation for the holidays. It’s light and really a nice change from pie (love pie but sometimes something light is nice)

      October 18, 2012
  2. Aka I would love to try a skillet soufflé so innovative and delish 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    October 18, 2012
    • It is a lovely light dessert, so easy to make. I love souffle and this is an easy and quick way to make it. Thank you so much.

      October 18, 2012
  3. Somehow I missed this. I absolutely love pecans. This looks over the top!

    October 18, 2012
    • Considering what you are going through I am not surprised. I love pecans and pecan pie is one of my all time favorites, this is kind of like it. thanks so much

      October 18, 2012
  4. petit4chocolatier #

    Oh my, this is so appealingly delicious! You prepared a masterpiece in a skillet!

    October 18, 2012
  5. this looks so delish! Very keen to try…

    October 19, 2012
    • Thanks so much Jen, can’t go wrong with caramel, pecans and sweet potatoes.

      October 19, 2012
  6. Love pecans and love sweet potatoes! Yummy!! Looks beautiful too!

    October 19, 2012
  7. Holy Schmolly! This looks good. I wish I had a slice just about now.

    October 19, 2012
    • LOL, it has all the elements that I love, sweet potato, pecans and brown sugar. So simple, light and delicious. Thank you so much,

      October 19, 2012
  8. Wow does this look good! I’m very impressed with how well you can make a recipe your own, but I guess it does take some time! Usually when I try, I never get it quite right after many attempts and get up. Once in a while, I get lucky. Glad this turned out–it looks like a roaring success.

    October 20, 2012
    • I try, it took 3 attempts but I think it turned out nicely. Thank you so much.

      October 20, 2012
  9. make that *give* up.

    October 20, 2012
  10. never made a skillet souffle before – but this like the perfect recipe to start giving a try 🙂 looks wonderful!

    November 4, 2012
  11. daisyandthefox #

    never tried a skillet souffle – but this looks like the perfect recipe to start at!
    looks delicious!

    November 4, 2012
    • Thank you so much, it’s easy, light and really good. Browsing your website today, thank you for finding me and so glad I found your blog.

      November 4, 2012
      • daisyandthefox #

        i’m very keen on trying it 🙂
        thankyou! me too! i’m really looking forward to your next installment – you have a great blog 🙂

        November 4, 2012
      • Thanks so much, new at this but it is a lot of fun. I look forward to browsing through your blog today. Thank you again,

        November 4, 2012

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