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Annette's Lemon Soufflé

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Once the technique for this soufflé is mastered, it is an easy dessert and a great choice for finishing a romantic dinner for two.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Dish Type souffle
Cooking Style Baking
Seasonal Christmas, Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day
Ingredient egg whites, lemon
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2
Author Annette Tomei


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • grated zest of 1 small lemon
  • 2 jumbo egg whites


  • Using an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and half of the sugar until it is thoroughly incorporated and appears pale.
  • Add the juice and zest to the yolk mixture.
  • Use your mixer to make a French meringue with the egg whites and the other half of the sugar by beating together until light and fluffy and soft peaks form; do not overbeat.
  • Fold the meringue (gently so as not to deflate the meringue) into the lemon and egg yolk mixture.
  • Butter the inside of 2 ramekins or other small, oven-safe baking dishes (we've used sturdy mugs in a pinch) then coat buttered surface with sugar.
  • Bake at 400°F until risen but still soft in the center, 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.