Adding gelatin to these Chilled Lemon Soufflés allows them to be prepared ahead of time, so no last minute whipping and folding to create this refreshing and impressive dessert!

Champagne coupe glasses filled with Chilled Lemon Souffles, topped with blackberries and blueberries

 

There’s nothing like a cool, fresh lemon-y dessert to end a spring or summer meal. Various versions of these Chilled Lemon Soufflés have been around for years. Every recipe seems to start with the same method used when preparing zabaglione – an Italian dessert comprised of egg yolks, sugar and wine. In these soufflés, lemon juice replaces the wine.

First, egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice are cooked until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to thicken. Next, gelatin and lemon zest are added; then after the mixture sits a bit, whipped egg whites and whipped cream are folded in. That’s it! Just spoon into wine glasses, pots de crème or ramekins and pop in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. The result is a scrumptious, pretty, elegant and light dessert!

 

champagne coupe glass filled with Chilled Lemon Souffle and topped with fresh blackberries and blueberries

I’ve been tweaking this recipe for the last few years, to get the consistency right. In my experimenting, I’ve found that the key is cooling the cooked egg mixture so that it’s thick enough to combine together with the whipped egg whites and whipped cream. But, you can cool it for too long, and then the gelatin sets too much and it won’t combine. Placing the mixture in a bowl that’s set onto an ice water bath and stirring or whisking it regularly worked the best for me. Frankly, I think the key is frequently stirring the mixture, as it forces you to keep checking the consistency!

Chilled Lemon Soufflés

champagne coupe glass filled with Chilled Lemon Souffle and topped with fresh blackberries and blueberries

Adding gelatin to these Chilled Lemon Soufflés allows them to be prepared ahead of time, so no last minute whipping and folding to create this refreshing and impressive dessert!

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings (depends on size of containers used) 1x
  • Category: dessert, gluten free, easy entertaining, make ahead
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Ingredients

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup cold water

4 eggs, separated

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (3 to 4 large lemons)

1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

1 cup whipping cream

Fresh berries, lemon zest and/or mint leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together gelatin and cold water; set aside to soften.
  2. In top of a double boiler over boiling water, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. (Set the egg whites aside for use later in this recipe!) Whisk in the sugar and lemon juice. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is starts to thicken a bit, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir gelatin mixture into lemon mixture and cook just until dissolved, only around 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in lemon zest.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl. Place bowl over a larger bowl of ice water and set aside, stirring or whisking occasionally, until mixture has cooled and started to thicken, around 10 to 15 minutes. (Don’t let it set too much, because it will become too stiff to continue.)
  5. With an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into the cooled lemon mixture until blended.
  6. In a separate bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Do not overbeat. Fold whipped cream into lemon-egg white mixture until well blended.
  7. Spoon mixture into champagne/wine glasses, pots-de-crème, small ramekins – or a large mold. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  8. Garnish with fresh berries and/or mint leaves.

Notes

Make ahead:  Soufflés can be prepared 24 hours in advance, covered and stored in the refrigerator.

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