The thought of making a soufflé may seem daunting, but with a few tips, it’s not so difficult. A few years ago, I invited some friends over for a bake along. One mentioned she wanted to try the lemon souffles from Mary Sue Milliken she’d seen on Top Chef Masters. It was served with rhubarb sauce, but due to the season, I substituted a simple raspberry sauce. The perfect pairing!
The tasters loved this. These sublime soufflés puffed up perfectly, and the lemon yellow was an amazing contrast to the deep red raspberry sauce. We all decided the whipping, straining, cooking, dirty pots and pans might be too much for a dinner party dessert. If you’re determined, you could pre-make the lemon base and whip the egg whites while your guests are finishing dinner. They definitely are show stoppers and worth the extra effort.
A Few Tips
- Remember that egg whites beat best at room temperature, so get them out about an hour ahead of time.
- You can always put the eggs in a bowl of warm water if you don’t have time to spare. This will warm them up quickly.
- When eggs are a room temperature, it is more likely the egg yolk will break when you’re trying to separate them. I suggest separating each egg into two empty bowls, then transferring to the collective bowls (8 yolks in one, 9 whites in another).
- Note that any fat (from a little grease left in the mixing bowl or a bit of egg yolk contaminating the whites) in the whites will prevent them from whipping to firm peaks. It is worth a little extra effort so you don’t waste 8 eggs (been there!).
Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party where each course is held at a different home. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.
Progressive Eats Citrus Menu
- Bubbly Blood Orange Campari Cocktail from Mother Would Know
- Muhammara with Blood Orange from Pastry Chef Online
- Orange and Anise Scented Challah from OMG! Yummy
- Chicken Milanese with Citrus Salsa from Healthy Delicious
- Citrus Salad with Honey-Tarragon Vinaigrette from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Lemon Rice – South Indian Rice With Lemon from SpiceRoots
- Blood Orange Upside Down Cake from Creative Culinary
- Chocolate Hazelnut Orange Cake from Food Hunters Guide
- Meyer Lemon Mousse from The Redhead Baker
- Raspberry Topped Lemon Souffles from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
This month’s theme is Citrus hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. Enjoy these lemon, Meyer lemon, orange and blood orange recipes, ideal for any special occasion and the perfect way to celebrate citrus season!
- Butter, at room temperature to butter ramekins
- Sugar, for dusting ramekins
- ½ cup sugar, divided
- 8 large egg yolks
- 9 large egg whites
- 2½ tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest, finely grated
- ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 1½ lemons)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 10 ounces frozen raspberries
- ⅓ cup sugar
- Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Powdered sugar to garnish
- Raspberry sauce for serving, if desired
- Fresh raspberries to garnish, if desired
- Preheat oven to 375º. Generously butter 12 6-ounce ramekins, then coat with sugar.
- Whisk together yolks, flour, zest and half the sugar (1/4 cup).
- Bring milk to boil in a saucepan. Slowly pour milk into yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent yolks from cooking. Return mixture to pan and whisk, while cooking, till thick like a pudding, 1-2 minutes. Strain through a sieve, then stir in butter and lemon juice.
- Beat egg whites till foamy. Gradually add remaining ¼ cup sugar and whip till medium firm peaks form. Stir ⅓ of whites into yolk mixture. Fold in remaining whites gently with spatula.
- Fill each soufflé cup to the top, tap to settle, and smooth the top with a spatula. Run your thumb around the inside perimeter of each dish. Place soufflés on a baking sheet and bake 15-18 minutes till they rise about an inch above the rim but are still jiggly in the center. Lightly dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately with raspberry sauce if desired.
- To make the raspberry sauce, cook raspberries and sugar till fruit is soft and breaking apart. Strain through sieve. Add squeeze of lemon juice. Cool before serving.