White Chocolate Meyer Lemon Souffles To Thank You

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

White Chocolate Lemon Souffles

Thank you all for stopping by in the last couple of days and offer your nice words about the awards. I am blown away by your enthusiasm, but again I should not be surprised. Now its' my turn, so this post is all about you! You are the best! A four sentence bit at the end of a post is not enough to tell you the gratitude I feel so I made you something to celebrate: White Chocolate Lemon Souffles.

Thank you for your support and dedication, your listening ear and welcoming hearts. They have made it so much fun to come here and share bits and pieces of life. I am still rubbing my eyes at everything that has happened in the last year. I also want to dedicate this celebratory dessert to my pal Jen. She knows why. If there were an award for the Best Food Blogger - Friend category, she would totally own it.

I need to clarify that I have not reached my 500th post yet but I am really close. One reader suggested that I ask you what to bake to celebrate this little milestone. I like that idea, but what I really want to know is: what is your favorite dessert to celebrate a special occasion?


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I was on cloud nine all afternoon Monday and told B. as soon as he stepped foot in the house. After the initial "Honey that is great! I am so happy for you", he asked "so...what's for dinner?" Ah yes...reality check....A normal day at the house, as it should be. I like normal days, they keep me grounded, head on my shoulders and mind in the skyes. What I like is to throw a little something special into a normal day and as a mini celebration and chocolate souffles are perfect for that. I like using white chocolate sometimes as it adds a little creamy touch to a cake or a mousse. I really like it paired with stronger and bolder flavors like raspberries, lemons, passion fruits, etc...

I like all kinds of souffles, I really do, but if given the choice, I like pastry base or roux based ones. Meringue based ones are nice and decadent in their blissful layer of air but they always leave me wanting more. I am done and I already want another one...and there goes the waistline. With a more substantial base, a souffle almost turn into a comforting pillow and a good book on a cloudy day. Lemon and white chocolate together are perfect for that.

White Chocolate and Lemon Souffles Recipe:

Serves 6-8 depending on the size of the ramekins

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
3/4 cup (175ml) whole milk
2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
6 ounces (180gr) white chocolate, finely chopped
5 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter for the ramekins
1/4 cup granulated sugar + extra for the ramekins

Prepare your ramekins by brushing them with butter making sure you keep your strokes vertical, it will help the soufflés rise. Dust with sugar and give the ramekins a turn so all sides are coated and shake the excess off. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a saucepan set over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and salt and stir for a couple of minutes to cook the starch. Gradually add in the milk and whisk often while you bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, zest and white chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the egg yolks.
In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to whip until the eggs are stiff.Fold a little of that meringue into the white chocolate mixture to lighten it up and then fold the remaining egg whites until both are completely blended making sure to leave as much air as possible. Divide the batter among the prepared ramekins and bake for 35 minutes until golden and puffy. Serve at once.

Chesnut Chocolate Souffles

This last picture is obviously not of white chocolate souffles...These are Milk Chocolate and Chesnut Tapioca Souffles that I will tell you more about this weekend. They were highly addictive too!

72 comments:

Nina Timm said...

Bread pudding is my pud of choice...made with croissant, white chocolate and many other decadent things.....
I am a bit intimidated by souffles, but you make it look so easy!!!

VeggieGirl said...

No, no, no - thank YOU :-)

SallyBR said...

Congratulations on a well deserved award!

as far as desserts to celebrate a special occasion, mine would definitely be "iles flotantes" - or floating islands, or whatever you want to call it. :-)

Amy from eggs on sunday said...

A belated HUGE CONGRATULATIONS (!!!!!!) from me on your well-deserved wins, Helen! :) You were one of the bloggers that inspired me to start blogging in the first place - so thank you! :)

I am so enamored of souffles lately - they have just that touch of magic that makes a special occasion dessert, well, special. My other special occasion desserts usually involve chocolate in large proportions - I think the last "celebratory" dessert I made was David Lebovitz's Chocolate Orbit Cake. Yum!

Adli said...

owh wow!!! congrats! btw, i like cheesecakes for a celebratory day. :)

Elra said...

The pleasure is ours Helene!
A simple and humble lemon souffle is my favorite dessert.
Cheers,
Elra

BMK said...

Congrats on the award! These souffles look yummy and so adorable too! My favorite celebration dessert is creme brulee.

Suzana said...

Helen, you totally deserve it! I'm late but wouldn't won't to stop by without saying: Félicitations!! :)

Now for the special occasion dessert... Right now I'd go for bombe Alaska but tomorrow would probably choose something different.

RecipeGirl said...

Congrats! You deserve the accolades.

I'd love to see some sort of miniature cheesecake creation from you or something with Meyer Lemons. Can't get enough of Meyer Lemons lately!

gine said...

Looks delicious and comes in the right moment as I was looking for a lemonly recipe for the weekend :-)! I love souffle :-)! And, like usual, your pictures are fantastic too :-)! XOXO

bensbaby116 said...

They are so pretty! I bet the white chocolate and lemon flavor combo is really interesting.

Char said...

:) congratulations!!! my favorite dessert is either well made bread pudding with rum sauce or a beautiful creme brulee (simple vanilla) with fresh fruit. I can also be very partial to coconut cake.

Rita said...

Hum, love souffles... congratulations again, enjoy the moment! As for a celebratory dessert, that's hard, but I always think that nothing says party better than a cake.

Rita said...

Hum, love souffles... congratulations again, enjoy the moment! As for a celebratory dessert, that's hard, but I always think that nothing says party better than a cake.

Laura said...

they look so adorable! My mom always used to make a great nectarine and blueberry pie in the summer when I was growing up in California, so I have excellent memories attached to it

Jen Yu said...

Oh boy oh boy, favorite dessert?! I have a feeling that anything you make would become my favorite dessert, only to be kicked to the curb when I taste the next thing you make... Let's make a deal - I'll cook dinners and you make desserts - we should be neighbors, honey. You don't need to thank me. Your friendship is more than thanks enough. I *heart* you.

Dana McCauley said...

Hearty congratulations to you and thanks for the souffle - it's eye candy and just the right number of calories when shared this way!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

First of all, a thousand congratulations on both awards! You richly deserve them, Helen, and I am delighted for you! This is a perfect example that good things really do happen to good people.

Second, those little souffles look heavenly! They are just the kind of dessert that I've been craving lately.

Chessa! said...

yay! you deserve all the congratulations and 500 posts...wowsa!
My favorite desserts? Is that a trick question? I'd have to say...cannolis, strawberry shortcake, apple tart, pistachio ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, anything peanut butter, tiramisu, souffle, creme brule, eclairs, cupcakes, red velvet cake...shall I continue? Coconut cake, rum raisin cake, carrot cake...the list is endless.

katskitchen said...

I don't have a specific dessert for celebrations. I like trying new recipes, so I rarely make the same thing, except for those few good 'ol recipes that are always safe bet to bring somewhere when needed. The souffles look great, I've never made those, maybe that will be what I make next for...maybe V-day!

Peabody said...

Gorgeous as always. Congrats on almost reaching your 500th. Everything you do is a stunner.

Dragana said...

I think you should throw everyone for a loop and post something savory!
Congratulations again!

Lisa said...

I'm so glad I found this blog thru Jen. You inspire me and if ever there were someone that deserved an award...it's you. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me. I've found quite a lot of fantastic people in the blogging world.

Oh now my favorite thing to celebrate that's easy.....one word...chocolate. Anyway, any kind, anywhere! LOL.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful,easy to realize, I'll try soon. Congratulations.
Mireille from France.

Nico said...

Congrats, and keep doing these beautiful creations.

My celebration dessert would be something with a lot of dulce de leche, some nuts, a crunchy dough and some merengue.

best wishes
nico

mytastytravels said...

Looks divine! Just love your pictures. Aside from dessert anything Italian with wine is the best for me. But, in terms of dessert I love anything with peanut butter and dark chocolate for a fine celebration like a peanut butter mousse cake. The two combined together are just heaven!

-Kristen

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Thanks so much for all of your fabulous recipes!! They all look just amazing!! Congratulations on winning!! You definitely deserve everything!!

Some of my favorite deserts to celebrate are creme brule, peach cobbler with real whipped cream, cheesecake with sweet raspberries, oh and white cake with raspberries and real sugary lemon icing...hmmn...I bet some of yours I need to try ASAP and those will be a favorite!! I will let you know how the White Chocolate and Lemon Souffles turn out. I really want to try this recipe...looks so gooood!! :)

cindy* said...

thank you helen for all the inspiration and pastry wisdom you pass our way!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! Well deserved! There is not one occasion that could pass by without a creamy slice of cheesecake...

mycookinghut said...

Congrats!!!

That Girl said...

I think my favorite celebratory dessert is tiramisu...although I DID have this fabulous browned butter bread pudding with pears, sour cherries, and caramel a couple weeks ago that was out of this world....

anna said...

Ooh, those souffles look really good...I bet they'd taste nice and warm and sunshiney...mmm, sunshine (there is a major snowstorm going on here right now).

My favorite celebratory dessert to make is easily cupcakes...used to make them for my employees frequently. But my favorite to have made for me would be a fat, juicy peach pie. I picked that over cake for my birthday a few times growing up.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

You have such a great blog and you deserve recognition!

These soufflés look mighty scrumptious!

I would either choose my favorite Chocolate Mousse/Délice Au Chocolat (family recipe), a cheesecake or a chocolate layer cake with peanut butter frosting...

Cheers,

Rosa

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

For something celebratory I would have to say making my own version of The Sacher Torte or a Flourless Chocolate Cake. But a lot of times this Southern gal does comfort food like crumb cake or a mile high apple pie or a trifle. But that's just me

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Congratulations on your wins Helen, they're so deserved:-) This souffle looks fantastic! I have some meyer lemons and white chocolate sitting in the fridge, so this is going to be dessert tomorrow night:-D

Raspberry Riot said...

congrats for the well-deserved award!
I wish I could make beautiful souffles like you do

Aran said...

A big, big, big congratulations Helen. You deserve all those awards and more. Jen deserves a super award too. Her blog is smart, funny, modern and her photos bright and evoking. When I grow up I want to be like both of you girls!

ana dane said...

congratulations on your very well-deserved award. as for a special dessert- i always like to ask the person i'll be sharing it with a million questions about their favorite flavors, then take it from there.

there's nothing like making a dessert that someone's been dreaming about their whole life.

Julie said...

No, you rock!

These souffles look delicious, both kinds.

To celebrate, anything with caramel will do!!

Aimée said...

TWO awards, Helen! Congratulations, again. It was an honor to share one nomination with you.
My favorite dessert to celebrate with? If I am dining out it is probably a molten chocolate cake, ideally with some espresso inside. For home I just made a pavlova with mounds of cream and berries, and that was pretty special. If I could have found passion fruit I would have added that as well.

KarlandBethany said...

many congrats!

almost any dessert for a celebration, but Nigella's Choco Hot Pots is a favorite around here! (or cream cheese- peanut butter pie) :-D

please sir said...

Congrats! Ohh I love white chocolate!!

Anonymous said...

Anything with peanut butter, chocolate adn caramel. Not necessarily together but why not?!

Allen.

pigpigscorner said...

Congrats! You deserve it! The souffle looks really delicious!

lynda said...

Yay! Congrats to you! These souffles are adorable. For me anything chocolate is worth finding something to celebrate if I don't have something already. That said, I love the little bowls you made the souffles in....tres mignon!I love visiting your site because you are such an outside the box thinker, and it is so inspiring and refreshing. I always know there will be something special in store. Thank YOU!

Hilda said...

Un fondant ou un souffle au chocolat (noir), les deux avec de la creme fouettee ou de la bonne glace a la vanille OU une tarte aux fraises (une vraie, avec un fond d'amandine et de la creme patissiere).
I'm easy to please. It's not you who should be thanking us, it's us who thank you for bringing so much deliciousness into our lives.

Laura P. said...

I just have to say that your blog completely blows me away! What I like for dessert to celebrate a special occasion isn't half as fancy as your desserts! I love anything chocolate if that helps ...for special occasions I love white cake with chocolate frosting.

Tartelette said...

You guys....

Peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, bread pudding, cake, strawberries and tarts....

Now that is a challenge!!

Thank you everyone!

Helene said...

Congratulations! you deserve it, and this souffé is beautiful.

Bravo!

Mythili said...

oooh! sinfully decadent :)

Janet said...

Congrats! I've recently discovered you and have been gorging myself on your beautiful desserts and photographs. I'm a novice pastry person who found your step-by-step instructions on macarons such a help (after my disastrous first attempt which were flat and 'all feet'). Today they turned out very well indeed and I'm so very proud of them (a nice big step forward for a change but no doubt to be followed by several back when I try laminate dough next!). Thanks, Helene and I look forward to many more of your posts.

coffeegrounded said...

Helen, congratulations on your awards. Your posts are amazing and filled with the most beautiful food. I love visiting your blog and today is no exception. These souffles have my taste buds working overtime. Lemon and white chocolate together...this is sure to be a winner!

My favorite celebration treat? Oh that's easy: CHOCOLATE CAKE! :)

And the Friend Catagory submission: Spot On! Jen gives a 110 percent in every endeavor. I found her website months ago and I am filled with gratitude to this dear woman. She educates with warmth, charm and attitude.

Kudos to you, Helen. Kudos!

Joyce said...

Helen I wish I was there to celebrate with these yummy looking souffles! xoxo

Manggy said...

Congratulations, Helen-- well-done and well-deserved! :) The souffles look lovely, and worthy of the celebration :)
I suppose I have never really repeated a dessert in my short cooking life, but I always wanna make cake, heh heh :)

A. said...

Un gateau au chocolat et a la noisette avec des morceaux d'oranges confites! Miam!

A.

Navita said...

love the souffle...my fav dessert is rasmalai...coz thts my hub's fav n i love what he loves...how cliched! ;p

congratulations once again dear n hve fun blogging.:)

Jamie said...

My favorite dessert to celebrate :

my son's Tiramisu is usually requested (by me). For my birthday I normally make a chestnut flour layer cake with chocolate buttercream frosting which I love. I also loved making profiteroles and know that it will also be requested often.

I just made my favorite cheese soufflé (see my blog) and these dessert soufflés look fab! I love making soufflés, it is fun.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Helen, I love all things sweet - and my waistline is here to prove - but when it comes to celebrations I think nothing beats cake.
I absolutely love your souffles - I have had white chocolate and lemon together in truffles and loved it.

Jenny said...

I'm boring - cheesecake!
I was unsurprised when I went to vote last week (which is where I learned you had been nominated), to see you were crushing your competition! With such beautiful pictures, mouthwatering desserts and heart felt narratives, it was no surprise to me that you were doing so well.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved award! I just realized I've passed my 500th post, and since I don't bake, I'd happily have some of these little souffles to celebrate.

baked in alaska said...

I love that you used white chocolate and lemon together.
My 6yo loves lemons. She has me cut them in half so she can suck all the juice out.
To celebrate I love cake.
Tracy

Cakebrain said...

congrats on the award--thought I'm so not surprised you won! I'm lovin' those little souffle bowls and what's in them looks delicious!

Nicisme said...

Many congrats on the awards, I love to come and read your posts and dribble over the photos. Love it!

duodishes said...

Wow. We love watching other people outperform themselves! Quite the production line of tuiles. Each one originally delicious.

Mary said...

Congratulations! Since you're asking, I think a good celebration dessert involves fresh fruits,chocolate and/or whipped cream. I love your beautiful-mouthwatering pictures,they wake up my kitchen creativity....haha. Thank you for sharing all these recipes and pics!

Prudent Homemaker said...

Brush the ramikins with butter--

is it melted, softened, or cold?

Chelsea said...

Congratulations! You have a Beautiful blog. You are an artist!

I would never be able to pick a favorite dessert. It really depends on my mood which, my husband might attest to, changes frequently. I love, love, love ice cream. I often make napoleons because the combinations are endless. I love tart fruit and chocolate. But my absolute favorite desserts have contrasting textures and flavors, sweet, tart, creamy, crispy.

Jenny Tan said...

Hi Helen, I love your blog. And I just made the White Chocolate Meyer Lemon Souffles. They were amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Junno said...

I tried your recipe and posted it on my blog with the credits to you. Hope this is okay! I am a huge fan of your blog and your pictures! Keep it up! :)

Greetings from Austria

Laura Dembowski said...

That souffle is absolutely beautiful! I am dying to make a souffle of my own.

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