Dana Slatkin

Strawberry Souffle

Strawberry Souffle DessertSome desserts are like sweet time capsules. They whirl me back to childhood…digging into mint chip ice cream cake every year on my birthday, picking out the chocolate pudding from my lunchbox and eating it first.

This feather-light soufflé is all about summer. And with the season quickly slipping away, it’s the perfect recipe to keep around, so you can taste the juiciest of summer strawberries even when they’re gone.

Strawberry Souffle DessertI promise this soufflé is easy and fail-proof, as long as you follow the directions and don’t attempt it on a humid day (not worth the rubbery result). The best version uses fresh strawberries, but frozen berries will work fine, too, as long as they are organic. My off-season cheat? Substitute a half cup of your best strawberry jam for the berries and sugar. The lemon juice will wake the fruit right back up, and you can be whisked right back to those dog days all year ‘round.

What to do with leftover egg yolks? Don’t toss them! The Lemon Curd on page 141 of Summertime Anytime would make a perfect dessert for a balmy night. But you’ll have to own the book first.

Looking for more fruity desserts? Try my Poached Pears with Dairy-free Chocolate Ganache; Summer Fruit with Raspberry Sauce; Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler; and Yogurt Mousse with Honey-Poached Apricots.

The September Cooking Contest is off and running! Share your favorite fruit recipe — either sweet or savory — for a chance to win our best kitchen swag!

Photo credits: bakingbites.com and hellomagazine.com

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