Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time
16 Mins
Total Time
36 Mins
6 servings (serving size: 1 soufflé)

A dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder is a traditional garnish for this classic dessert. Here, we sprinkle the tops with sliced almonds before baking to add contrasting flavor and texture.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place a baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Lightly coat 6 (8-ounce) ramekins with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with 2 tablespoons sugar, tilting dishes to coat sides completely.

Step 3

Combine 1/4 cup sugar and egg yolks in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until thick and pale (about 2 minutes). Add 3/4 cup buttermilk and next 4 ingredients (through flour); beat at medium speed just until blended.

Step 4

Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Using clean dry beaters, beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until medium peaks form.

Step 5

Gently stir one-fourth of egg whites into lemon mixture; gently fold in remaining egg whites. Gently spoon mixture into prepared ramekins. Sharply tap dishes 2 or 3 times on counter to level. Sprinkle evenly with almonds. Place dishes on preheated baking sheet; return baking sheet to 425° oven. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 350°; bake soufflés at 350° for 20 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Kvavava's Review

December 19, 2013

JudithRehak's Review

May 16, 2011
This was very good, my almonds did not burn, just light brown. A nice light finish to a meal. Served it with Curried coconut mussels also in this issue. Thank you!

amyindallas's Review

May 12, 2011
This was easy and yummy--very light. I forgot to turn the oven down to 350 after I put the souffles in and they cooked in about 10 minutes and the almonds got very dark--oops! It still tasted great, and 207 calories for a dessert this yummy is really good.