So light and tasty and not too sweet and just exciting on the tongue is how I’d describe this dessert. The only hard part is making sure you have all the parts ready to go together, so doing a bit of prep beforehand pays off. I, for example, made the lemon verbena cream while the souffle was about to go into the oven and so I was running out to the garden to get more verbana to make the infusion, while watching the souffle cook, while trying to whip the cream. Just make the cream first and save yourself some trouble. These are to be served right out of the oven, piping hot with the cool, light, lemony cream just dripping a bit down the sides. Using coconut palm sugar gives the souffle a delicate caramel taste, but its not traditional and it effects the way the whites fluff up a bit. That said it was still excellent and I would use coconut palm again next time.
Peach Souffle (Recipe adapted from here)
2 large peaches
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 meyer lemon juice
7 egg whites
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or granulated sugar)
1 tbsp butter, room temperature
Oven 400. Generously butter 8 ramekins ( I only had 4 small ones and one huge one, so use what you got).
In a food processor, or by hand, chop the peaches, or pulse until they are just about bite size pieces. Scoop a heaping spoonful of the peach mix into the bottom of each ramekin.
Add the vanilla, lemon juice and salt to the remaining peach and process/blend until smooth.
In another bowl, whip the egg whites until they are slightly frothy, and then add a touch of salt, and gradually, over about 5-10 minutes, add the 3/4 sugar. Blend until the egg whites start to hold their shape and form peaks. Again, they will behave a little differently than your used to if you use coconut palm sugar-they won’t form such high peaks.
Incorporate about two cups of so of the eggs yolks into the peach mix, stir well, then add the peach/egg mix back into the beaten eggs. Stir until just combined
Spoon the souffle mix into the ramekins all the way to the top. Bake in a rimmed pan for about 10 minutes.
Lemon Verbena Cream (make before souffle)
4-5 small springs lemon verbena
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup water
In a small saucepan heat the water + sugar. Chop the lemon verbena and bruise a bit with your hands, then add it to the saucepan. Whisk on low heat for a few minutes, until quite fragrant. Remove from heat, and pour into a glass jar. Cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes
When the verbena simple syrup has cooled, whip the cream for a few minutes, then add the vanilla. Spoon in about 1/4 cup of the simple syrup, but not too much. Add it to the cream slowly so the cream doesn’t lose its shape.
Serve the souffles piping hot with cream on top, blackberries and any other garnishes you wish. Enjoy!