Lemon Soufflé Pudding

Jun 30, 2021

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Lemon.

Refreshing. Palate cleansing. Satiating and full of summer lightness.

Last weekend, I stepped into my kitchen amidst a sweltering heat wave (or heat dome as they are informing us), and made a dessert that had been tempting my tastebuds for a couple of days. Finding the recipe created by Odette Williams (check out her most recent cookbook Simple Cake here), as soon as I saw lemon and a different way to enjoy the citrus flavor I love, I wanted to give it a go.

And I am glad I did. 🙂

Simple to make, full of flavor and far less sugar than a lemon tart or meringue pie, if you too are craving lemon right now or at any time, keep this recipe handy.

KEY DETAILS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Don’t expect a big poof akin to the traditional soufflé. It is a hybrid of a pudding and a soufflé, so you will see it rise a bit, but mainly you want the top to become a beautiful brown (picture shown below in the recipe) and be like a soft cake, and the filling to be a very light, saucy pudding.
  • The recipe can be made quite quickly. You can even make the topping ahead of time. What takes the most time is the baking, so allow enough time to bake, perhaps while you are enjoying dinner, and then serve straight out of the oven.
  • The topping is genius – Williams’ combination of the heavy cream and crême fraiche welcomes the tangy flavor of the latter and the airiness of the former with a touch of sweetness. You will want to make this topping for your next dessert no matter what it is. 🙂
  • Yes, you can enjoy this dessert tomorrow, a day after you made it. It is delicious cool, straight out of the fridge – much like a pudding. 🙂

Pair with a hot cuppa, settle in and enjoy a satiating, refreshing dessert.

Lemon Soufflé Pudding

Simply Luxurious
Lovely citrus-rich, lemon flavored dessert, topped with a sweet crême fraiche cream. A hybrid of soufflé and pudding, one bite will lead to many, many more. Adapted from Odette Williams recipe in The Wall Street Journal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients
  

Soufflé/Pudding

  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter (the best quality you can find) room temperature (or if from the fridge, simply massage the butter into the sugar with your hands)
  • 1 cup grantulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp grantulated sugar for preparing the soufflé ramekin
  • lemon thyme leaves optional (for the 1 Tbsp of sugar – dusting the ramekins)
  • 2 large lemons (only use the juice of one), but the zest of both read these instructions closely
  • 3 large eggs (the freshest you can find) separate the yolk from the egg white
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • pinch fleur de sel

Topping

  • 1/2 cup crême fraiche
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp confectioner's sugar

Instructions
 

  • Decide whether you will use one large ramekin (family-style) or small or mini ramekins.
  • Prepare the ramekins. Rub the inside of the ramekins with butter and lightly dust with sugar (use lemon thyme infused sugar to deepen the lemon flavor in the dish – sift the sugar to remove any leaves that still remain).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Find a large baking dish or roasting pan, and place the prepared ramekins in the baking dish/pan.
  • Using a hand-mixer or a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the lemon zest (of two lemons) and combine until light and fluffy.
  • Add the 3 egg yolks to the butter, zest and sugar mixture until combined.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.
  • Reduce the speed of the mixer, adding the milk and lemon juice (of one lemon only) into the already mixed combination of egg yolks, flour, sugar, butter, etc.. Mix until smooth. Set aside for a moment while you whip the egg whites.
  • Prior to whipping your egg whites, boil hot water on the stove or in your electric tea kettle. You will need 1-2 cups of boiling water to create a water bath (bain marie) in which you will bake the soufflé/pudding.
  • In a medium bowl, add the three egg whites. Using a hand whisk or hand mixer with a whisk attachment, whip at a high speed for 2-3 minutes. Then add 1 Tablespoon of sugar (not listed above). Beat/whip until soft peaks form.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold in egg whites into the lemon batter. Add a little bit at a time, until all is combined but the mixture is still airy.
  • Pour the batter into your large or 4-6 small ramekins. The ramekins should already be in the baking dish/roasting pan. Once the batter has been poured into the ramekins, pour the boiling water into the baking dish (not into the ramekins :)), to create the water bath which will keep the interior of the soufflé soft.
  • Place in the 350 degree Fahrenheit stove/oven and bake for 45-50 minutes (for one large ramekin); bake for 20-30 minutes – depending upon the size of your small ramekins. Do your best not to check, but remember, this isn't a true soufflé. It will grow slightly, but not like a classic cheese or chocolate soufflé and therefore, it will also hold its structure a bit better for a just a bit longer. Don't remove until the top is nicely browned.
  • While the soufflé/pudding is baking, make the topping: In a small/medium mixing bowl, add all three ingredients – crême fraiche, heavy whipping cream and confectioner's sugar – using a hand-mixer with a whisk as an attachment (or use a whisk manually), whip until soft peaks form. Place in the fridge until you are ready to use and the soufflé is just being pulled out of the oven.
  • Serve and enjoy the soufflé/pudding immediately.
  • The top will be beautifully brown and underneath will be somewhat runny. If you want it a bit firmer, bake for about 5-7 minutes longer. It will firm up as it cools. I also enjoy this dessert the next day after placing it in the fridge. It is refreshing, cool and full of the citrus flavor that is not overpowering but definitely present. Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Lemon Soufflé Pudding

  1. Lemons added to my shopping list this weekend !
    It looks delicious Shannon, thank you for the recipe 🙂

      1. A Muscat Beaumes de Venise or a naturally sparkling Clairette de Die (Muscat blanc a Petits Grains and Clairette or Cremant de Die( Clairette, Aligote and Muscat) They have only about7.5% alcohol. By the time you get to the dessert I think lower alcohol wine is perfect. Enjoy

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