Maybe it’s Halloween, maybe it’s the cold weather… but I’ve been craving pumpkin.  Specifically, pumpkin pie.  While on the search for a new recipe, I came across a new recipe, courtesy of Epicurious:  ginger-pumpkin souffle.  It promised me a light, not too sweet dessert experience, which was 100% spot on. The fact that it was dairy-free (soy milk!) didn’t hurt matter either.


1 1/2 cups unsweetened soymilk, not low- or no-fat

1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

4 large egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup solid-pack canned pumpkin

8 large egg whites


Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter 8 6-ounce ramekins. In medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, bring soy milk to boil. Add ginger, remove pan from heat, cover, and let steep 30 minutes. Strain soy milk, discarding ginger, and set aside.

In large nonreactive bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 6 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk in flour until well combined. Gradually add hot milk, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Return yolk mixture to saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until custard boils and thickens enough to coat back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to large bowl, whisk in pumpkin purée, and set aside.

Using electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy and slightly opaque. With mixer running, add remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat until stiff but not dry. Fold 1/3 of egg whites into pumpkin mixture to lighten, then add mixture to remaining whites, folding in gently but thoroughly. Spoon batter into ramekins, filling almost to top, and lightly run finger around inside rim to create a “moat.” Place ramekins in large baking pan. Place baking pan on middle oven rack and add hot water around ramekins to depth of 1 inch. Bake until soufflés have risen well above rim and tops are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.