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?
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.
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!