Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield
6 servings

Here's a case where you want your soufflés to fall. As they do, the lemon flavor intensifies, and the texture becomes almost cakelike. Any berries will work in place of the strawberries.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare cloud, preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Lightly coat a 1 1/2-quart soufflé dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar, shaking out excess. Place dish on a baking sheet.

Step 3

Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Stir in lemon rind, juice, and egg yolks. Place over medium heat; cook for 3 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; immediately scrape mixture into a glass bowl. Cool to room temperature.

Step 4

Place egg whites and salt in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 30 seconds or until foamy. Increase mixer speed to high. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating just until stiff peaks form. Gently stir one-fourth of egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture; gently fold in remaining egg white mixture. Spoon into prepared dish. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Remove from oven, and cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Cover and chill.

Step 5

To prepare compote, combine strawberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, and mint; toss gently. Cover and chill. Serve with lemon cloud.

Ratings & Reviews

noonekc's Review

skirt53
April 17, 2014
I'm not a very experienced baker - is there another type of dish I can substitute if I don't have a soufflé dish?

AlysonSpann26's Review

JenRaj
March 29, 2013
This is a can't miss dessert! I served it last night for a dinner party and it got rave reviews! All plates were cleaned! Not too sweet, and it was light and very satisfying! Will do this one again soon!

skirt53's Review

AlysonSpann26
March 27, 2013
This dessert is fantastic. It's simple, and elegant. I have been making this recipe for years. It's great for Easter! I also will make again and again.

JenRaj's Review

archaicstairs
May 07, 2012
Wow! I thought it might be too complicated, but since I have made meringue before, it wasn't hard. The flavor is awesome! My only suggestion would be to put this in individual ramekins if you want to impress someone - otherwise when you scoop it onto a plate it is kind of a big lump. Will make again and again!

archaicstairs's Review

noonekc
June 05, 2009
An incredible and light dessert- though it only made enough for 4 people in the portions we served. The combination of the mint, strawberries and lemon is delicious.