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Frozen Lemon Soufflé in a Chocolate Shell

Frozen Lemon Soufflé in a Chocolate Shell
Serves 6 - 8
Approx 376 calories per serving
Preparation 50 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours or in advance
Allow 20 mins to thaw slightly before serving
Easy to make
My sister made this spectacular and delicious pudding recently for a family gathering and it tasted every bit as good as it looked - it almost seemed a tragedy to have to cut into into - but received an enthusiastic response from everyone!
  • A little vegetable oil for greasing

  • 175g plain chocolate, broken into pieces, plus extra for decoration

  • 15g unsalted butter, chopped

  • 4 large free-range eggs, separated 175g caster sugar, plus extra for decorating

  • Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons, plus 2 lemons for decorating

  • 12g sachet powdered gelatine

  • 300ml double cream


    1.  Grease a 20cm loose-bottomed springform cake tin, line the base and sides with baking paper, then grease again. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bowl). Melt.

    2.  Pour the chocolate into the cake tin and spread all over the base and sides with a rubber spatula or pastry brush – the sides should look a bit rough and jagged. Chill until firm.

    3.  In a bowl, whisk the yolks, sugar and zest for 5 minutes until pale and thick. Put the lemon juice and 2 tbsp cold water in a small pan, bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and sprinkle the gelatine evenly over the surface. Stir until dissolved.

    4.  Pour the hot gelatine liquid over the egg mixture, whisking until thick.

    5.  In 2 bowls, using clean beaters, whisk the egg whites, then the cream to soft peaks. Fold the cream, then the whites into the egg mixture with a big metal spoon. Pour into the cake tin, making sure the soufflé comes below the top of the chocolate. Wrap the tin in cling film and freeze for at least 3 hours until firm.

    6.  Meanwhile, make the decorations. Slice the lemons into fine rings (discard the ends). Coat in sugar, then caramelise in a hot, dry pan until golden brown on both sides. Leave to cool completely.

    7.  About 20 minutes before serving, remove the soufflé from the freezer. Peel away the cling film and rub the outside of the tin with a hot cloth. Unclip and carefully remove the tin’s sides. Peel the baking paper from the base and sides, decorate the top with the lemon, then transfer to a serving platter or cake stand. Serve very cold but not completely frozen.

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