I have a souffle egg recipe that calls for grated Parmesan cheese on the top. I want to also have the cheese slightly burnt without having the souffle collapse. Is there a way to do this? My ideas: If I use the upper part of the oven, wouldn't that overheat the souffle? Or Should I slowly bake the souffle at a low temperature and then for 60 seconds or so use the upper part of the oven. I don't have a blowtorch, if that's a possibility.
One thing you could try is pre-cooking the Parmesan. Basically, make crisps, like this:
But perhaps a bit darker. Allow them to cool, then crush them or even give them a quick whirr in the food processor. Top your souffle with the cooked cheese crumble instead of uncooked Parmesan.
BTW, that picture is from Giada De Laurentiis' recipe.