Meyer Lemon Souffle Cakes
Preheat oven to 325°F. Put butter and sugar in KitchenAid mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk until light and creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time. Mix in zest and flour, then add milk and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly. Empty lemon mixture into large bowl (clean KitchenAid bowl and whisk attachment). Whip egg whites and ½ cup sugar to soft peaks in just-cleaned KitchenAid bowl and whip attachment. Fold in lemon mixture.
Divide into 12-15 4-oz aluminum cups that are sprayed with Vegalene (or other pan spray) and coated with sugar. Place filled cups in a deep, rectangular pan and fill with hot water halfway up the cup. Cover pan with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Cakes should be puffed, light golden in color and spring back when touched lightly with finger. Take them out of the pan and let cool.
In a pot, mix sugar and water and bring to a boil, remove from heat. In a second pot, add zest and cold water to cover, bring to a boil. Strain the zest, rinse with water and repeat the process 1 more times. Put blanched zest into the pot with sugar water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until zest is tender and translucent. Remove from heat and cool.
Turn the aluminum cup upside down on a plate and remove the cup, leaving the cake on the plate. Take a few strips of candied zest and place on top of each cake.
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