This dish is a French take on an American classic. You can serve it without the molasses sauce for a lighter and less sweet version.
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5 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, preferably organic
1 cup heavy cream
5 whole cloves
5 whole star anise pods
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
8 large egg yolks
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup unsulphured molasses
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
How to Make It
Step 1 MAKE THE SAUCE
Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter a 3-quart baking dish. In a large saucepan, cover the sweet potatoes with water and boil over high heat until tender, about 35 minutes. Let the sweet potatoes cool, then peel and slice them thickly.
Step 2 MAKE THE SAUCE
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the cream with the cloves, star anise and nutmeg and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain the cream, discarding the whole spices.
Step 3 MAKE THE SAUCE
In a food processor, puree the sweet potatoes, in batches if necessary, with the spiced cream, butter and egg yolks. Scrape the soufflé base into a large bowl and season with 11/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
Step 4 MAKE THE SAUCE
In a clean stainless-steel bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until firm peaks form. With a rubber spatula, fold one-third of the beaten whites into the soufflé base; fold in the remaining whites. Pour the soufflé mixture into the prepared dish and bake for about 1 hour, or until risen and firm. Let the soufflé rest for about 10 minutes.
Step 5 MAKE THE SAUCE
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until very thick, about 20 minutes. Serve the molasses sauce warm alongside the sweet potato soufflé.
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