Lemon Souffle

Total Time:
50 min
20 min
30 min

6 servings

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the ramekins
  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus more for coating the ramekins
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 eggs, separated plus 2 more whites
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Kosher salt
  • Creme Anglaise, recipe follows
  • Creme Anglaise:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Special equipment: six 8-ounce ramekins

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan. Brush the inside ramekins with butter and then dust with sugar. Reserve the ramekins in the fridge.

  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the saucepan and add the flour. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes and whisk in the milk and add 3/4 cup sugar. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Whisk in the egg yolks, 1 at a time. Add the lemon juice and zest and reserve.

  • Put the egg whites and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.

  • Using a rubber spatula, scoop one-third of the egg whites into the lemon mixture. Gently and quickly fold the whites in. Repeat this process 2 more times with the remaining whites. Be sure that the whites are fully combined and there are no streaks.

  • Carefully spoon the mixture into the chilled ramekins until they are about three-quarters of the way full. Run your finger around the rim of the ramekin to make sure that the edges are clean.

  • Place the filled ramekins on a sheet tray and into the preheated oven. Bake the souffles until the souffles have risen straight and tall over the rims of the ramekins, 13 to 15 minutes.

  • Serve immediately, topped with Creme Anglaise.

Creme Anglaise:
  • Place the heavy cream in a small saucepan. Split the vanilla bean down one side and scrape the seeds out and put them in the heavy cream. Whisk in half the sugar. Place the pan on a medium heat and bring it to a boil.

  • While the cream is heating, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar.

  • When the cream comes to a boil, pour half of it into the egg and sugar mixture, whisk it and then pour it IMMEDIATELY back into the saucepan. Whisk to combine.

  • Bring the sauce to a boil and immediately remove it from the heat and chill.

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