Sunday, March 2, 2008

Lemon Souffle

My lemon tree has a ton of lemons this year and I love getting to make different lemon desserts.

Our lemon tree:

One of my most favorite deserts is souffle and this lemon souffle does not disappoint. Souffles may seem hard to make, but they really aren't too bad. The hardest part is tempering the eggs with the hot milk, but just go slow and you should be fine. The other trick is to remove the custard (yolk/milk mixture) from the heat just as it starts to get thick. If you wait to long it will get too thick.

Lemon Souffle (Epicurious)

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon whole milk (I used skim)
3/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
5 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat six 3/4-cup soufflĂ© dishes with butter and sugar. Bring milk to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and yolks in bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in hot milk. Return mixture to saucepan; bring to simmer, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Whisk in lemon juice and peel. Cool.
Using electric mixer, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually beat in remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Continue beating until stiff but not dry. Fold 1/4 of whites into lemon mixture. Fold in remaining whites. Spoon mixture into prepared dishes, dividing equally. Bake until puffed and brown on top, about 18 minutes. Serve immediately.

Note: I used 4 larger ramekins. I baked 2 and then froze the other two. They cook up pretty well straight from the freezer.


Anonymous said...

Hi Tanya,

I live in Florida and have a meyer lemon tree, with very small you have your tree in shade or sun? Also, do you have any rosemary trees in your area?

I am making the lemon souffle this evening.....thank you

Tanya said...

My lemon tree is mostly in the sun, but because of the fence behind it, it gets shade in the late afternoon/early evening. I should mention that I have a Eurkea lemon tree.. it might produce bigger lemons than a Meyer tree.

I personally don't have rosemary trees. I think the gardening zone may be too warm for rosemary trees (I think I am 9-10).

I hope the soufflé's turn out well for you!