Maribelle: Hey, you gotta try this soufflé!
Maribelle: My granny and me made it just for you and it's super yummy and crazy fluffy and...and...and you gotta try it right now!
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Maribelle: Hee hee! I'm so happy that everyone ELSE is happy!
Maribelle: Oh, it's Serena! Serenaaaaa! Here, have some soufflé, okay? It's so yummy, your FACE will fall off!
Serena: Ooo, that looks bonkers good! *CHOMP* It's... It's so... *sniff*
Serena: I-its so good, I'm gonna CRY! *sniff*
Maribelle: Yaaaay! If it makes you that happy, it means all the work was worth it.
Serena: Um...do you have any more?
Maribelle: Lemme see... Nope! You just ate the last bite.
Serena: Aw, boo! I wanted more. Like, a LOT more. It's actually sort of embarrassing how much of that I'm ready to horf down.
Maribelle: Well then, I'll teach you how to MAKE one! I can do that 'cause I'm a grown-up now.
Maribelle: That way, you can have soufflé whenever you want!
Serena: You'd really do that for me?
Maribelle: Sure! Teaching stuff is easy when you're all adult-y like me.
Serena: Well, can I at least help?
Serena: I mean, I don't really know much about baking, so I might just get in the way, but I promise to try my best.
Maribelle: Sure! We'll do it together!
Serena: Oh yay! Just tell me what to do, okay?
Maribelle: We're gonna make the best soufflé ever!
Maribelle: Eggs, butter, sugar... Yep! That's all we need!
Serena: Mmm-hmm, yep! Got it. So what do we do first?
Maribelle: First, you separate the egg whites from the yolks. Then you add a tablespoon of sugar to the yolks and mix, mix, mix until it all starts to turn white!
Serena: Huh, okay. So what do we do with the whites?
Maribelle: Hang on, I'll do it! You just...um... put some sugar in there, maybe?
Serena: All right. How much?
Maribelle: One...tablespoon? Yeah! A tablespoon! Then mix, mix, mix until it gets foamy!
Serena: Er, it's not getting foamy.
Maribelle: J-just hang on! I'm pretty sure that when my granny made it, she...
Maribelle: Ack! Okay, I don't actually know anymore, so let's just mix everything together!
Serena: That sounds like a terrible idea!
Serena: Wow, you mixed so hard you knocked the bowl off the counter! Are you okay?
Maribelle: ...I'm sorry.
Serena: For what?
Maribelle: I'm sorry I couldn't teach you how to make a soufflé. I'm a bad grown-up.
Maribelle: Huh? Why are YOU crying?
Serena: *sniff* 'Cause I should be like your big sister, but you're always teaching ME how to make stuff...
Serena: All I do is slow you down. *sniff* I'm the opposite of help. I'm pleh!
Serena: You always *sniff* work so hard, and I didn't even notice you were struggling. *sob*
Maribelle: Nooo, don't cry! It's fine! L-look, I can see how grateful you are!
Serena: *sniff* I'm s-sorry, Maribelle. Let's try the soufflé again, okay? I promise to be helpful this time.
Maribelle: Okay. Thanks, Serena!
Maribelle: Honestly, I was just overthinking everything and sort of panicked. That's why the recipe didn't work.
Maribelle: And actually, all this has reminded me of when my granny taught me to bake.
Maribelle: She always went reeeeally slow, and showed me what she was doing one step at a time.
Maribelle: I should have used your help instead of trying to do everything! That's why it all ended up a big gloopy mess.
Maribelle: So let's try it again!
Serena: The first step was separating the egg whites and the yolks, right?
Maribelle: Yep! And then we stir each of 'em all up.
Maribelle: The reason the whites didn't foam was because we put the sugar in too early. We'll be fine so long as we don't panic and do everything in order.
Serena: Hey, look! It's fluffy!
Maribelle: Now we pour the batter into the pan... and the last thing is the magic trick my granny taught me—we tap the bottom of the pan juuust once!
Serena: Hee! This is fun!
Maribelle: Then we bake it...and it's done!
Serena: I'm so excited, I'm gonna POP!
Maribelle: Our soufflé is finished!
Serena: Ooo, the outside looks perfect... *sniff* And it smells delicious! I gotta have some right now!
Maribelle: All right, on three. Ooone...twoooo...
Together: CHOW DOOOOWN!
Maribelle: Blech! It's totally underdone...
Serena: Yeah, but it's STILL good! *sniff* Oh man, here come the waterworks...
Maribelle: Wait, really?
Serena: *sniff* D-don't YOU think it's good?
Maribelle: Heck yeah! It's SUPER good! Let's make it again sometime!
Serena: Yeah! We'll just keep baking until we get this recipe PERFECT!
Maribelle: Thanks, Serena!