Pillivuyt souffles are exceptionally well-constructed with thin, even walls that allow for quick and even heat distribution. Because of their excellent cooking properties, these are multi-purpose dishes for everything from desserts to savory baked vegetable dishes and crusty pot pies. Creating a successful souffle requires efficient heat conduction and straight, smooth walls which allow the souffle to rise easily upward for maximum volume and lightness. Pillivuyt's fine impermeable glaze ensures a smooth ride to the top and also makes the dishes extremely easy to clean and maintain their original beauty. The classic pleats and the brilliance of Pillivuyt's glaze make these dishes attractive enough for the elegant table and the variety of sizes accommodates all types of presentations at the table, from tidbits to salads to casseroles. The 5-inch, 2 1/2-cup souffle is the right size for serving holiday condiments and smaller side dishes, as well as baking casseroles for two. The depth is 2 inches. This traditional soufflÃ© dish is ideally shaped to help stiff, beaten egg whites folded with cheesy sauce rise to the loftiest heights and color to a handsome gold. This dish has straight sides that puff the soufflÃ© directly upward and ensure that the top is lightly browned. Thin, even walls on the sides of the dish provide magnificent heat conduction for the perfect firm-yet-moist consistency and enable the dish to retain its heat at the table. An exquisite specimen of fine French pottery, this soufflÃ© dish is a milky white color with a gorgeous pleated exterior that makes it an attractive serving vessel that goes from oven to table. With a 4-inch diameter and a capacity of 1-1/2 cups, this dish bakes and serves an individual soufflÃ© and can also double as a baker for single servings of custard or a bowl for serving olives, chocolates, or other small snacks.
Family-founded in 1818, the Pillivuyt porcelain factory still employs skilled artisans who use the company's proprietary porcelain recipe and the original time-honored traditions of handcrafting each piece. Replacement molds are all handmade by craftspeople who have spent many years in training, and who shape them to the level of perfection that this superior bakeware requires. The result is a tough porcelain base that can withstand temperature extremes, making this baker safe to move among the oven, freezer, microwave, or broiler. And, with a little liquid in the baker, the pan can even be placed over a diffused flame on the stovetop. All pieces are glazed and fired at temperatures of about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, which produces a non-porous, rock-hard finish that easily cleans up by hand or in the dishwasher. The lead-free glaze is resistant to crazing and staining and won't absorb food odors or flavors. --Cristina Vaamonde