Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

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When I go out to dinner, I love to order soufflé for dessert. There’s something about the towering ramekin of egg whites, typically orange flavored (since I have to forego the chocolate ones), served piping hot out of the oven with some kind of sauce accompaniment. It’s heaven on a plate. Sure, some are better than others, but it’s a soufflé, how bad can it be? But I’ve never made one at home. I’ve thought about it, but never actually whipped one up.

Luckily KitchenAid® challenged me to POOF A HOLIDAY SOUFFLÉ using my KitchenAid® 27-Inch Convection Double Wall Oven, Architect® Series II. These double wall ovens are probably the most used piece of equipment in my kitchen, other than my KitchenAid® 25 Cu. Ft. Standard-Depth French Door Refrigerator, Architect® Series II. Every single day one, if not both, of the ovens are on. From baked oatmeal or reheating a piece of frozen coffee cake in the morning to midday baking to roasting garlic, fish, and vegetables for dinner, the ovens get a serious workout. I have no idea what I’d do without both of them.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous. Making a soufflé for the first time is a daunting task, but I’ve made more challenging things than soufflé. I use a candy thermometer like a pro and I make caramel like a champ, so this would be a piece of cake. Beyond that, I was so excited to finally be making soufflé, so I put my worries aside and got to work. Plus with those KitchenAid® ovens, I knew I was in good hands.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

KitchenAid® suggested I make a gingerbread soufflé, but I had to take it to the next level, so I made a Pumpkin Gingerbread Soufflé with Bourbon Molasses Sauce. The sauce and pumpkin mixture can both be prepared a day ahead of time, which is great, because while the soufflé is not hard to make, there are several steps that can be a bit time consuming.

I whipped out my KitchenAid® 9-Speed Hand Mixer to whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. I could have used my KitchenAid® stand mixer, but for this small and quick task, the hand mixer was the perfect choice. Plus, then I got in a good workout 🙂 Once the egg whites were whipped, I folded in the pumpkin mixture, divided the soufflé batter among ramekins and bowls and into the oven they went with my fingers crossed.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

I turned on the handy oven light about a million times during the baking process to see how the soufflés were doing. They puffed before my eyes like magic. When they were done, they looked better than any soufflé I’ve ever ordered in a restaurant. It was killing me to take pictures without taking a bite. As soon as I set the camera down, I grabbed a spoon and dug in. You guys, these soufflés are one of the best things I’ve ever made. EVER! So light and fluffy, they definitely pack a gingerbread punch with lots of spices. And the bourbon infused caramel in the sauce enhances all of the flavors and adds a bit of sweetness.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

My KitchenAid® ovens better get ready for the influx of soufflés coming their way. You should make them too, because they are way easier to make than you ever thought and so impressive. Imagine bringing these to the Thanksgiving table instead of pumpkin pie. KitchenAid® and BlogHer have also been kind enough to giveaway a $200 Visa gift card! How awesome is that? Especially this time of year. To enter, leave a comment telling me what flavor your holiday soufflé would be or tell me about another cooking challenge you recently accomplished. Plus, read below for more ways to enter! Good luck!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway

4.9 from 20 reviews
Pumpkin Gingerbread Souffle + Giveaway
Serves: 4-8
  • ½ cup milk (I used almond, but any kind will work)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ cup, plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 10 large egg whites
  • ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt
  1. Make the soufflés. In a small saucepan, whisk together milk, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes while whisking, until thickened. Remove from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin. Pour into a bowl and cool to room temperature. Alternatively, cover and refrigerate for 1 day.
  2. When ready to make the soufflés, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter and sugar ramekins and place on a baking sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, whip egg whites using a hand mixer on medium-high until frothy. Add cream of tartar. Continue beating egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining ¾ cup sugar while beating the egg whites. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. A stand mixer may alternatively be used for this process. Fold ⅓ of the egg whites into the pumpkin mixture until pretty evenly distributed. Fold in the remaining egg whites, taking care not to deflate the mixture. Divide the batter among the ramekins, mounding it toward the middle. Fill ramekins no more than ¾ full.
  4. Bake soufflés until puffed greatly and golden brown, 18-25 minutes, depending on the size of your ramekins. You will have to watch them closely. They should be puffed high above the ramekin and deep golden brown on top. Serve immediately.
  5. Make the sauce while the soufflés are baking or 1 day ahead of time. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 2 tablespoons water over medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Once sugar dissolves, stop stirring, and cook until the sugar is a dark amber color. You may gently swirl the pan. Remove pan from the heat and stir in remaining ¼ cup water, bourbon, butter, molasses, and salt. The mixture may seize. Don’t panic. Just return it to the heat and stir until the mixture simmers and thins out into a sauce. Serve immediately with soufflé or store in the refrigerator for 1 day. Reheat in the microwave.
Recipe adapted from Gourmet

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  1. My recent. Hallenge is making cream puffs/eclairs. I love kitchen aid and have some of their small appliances.

  2. I remember making these in home economics class in high school and thinking ´these should be easy but they can be really tricky´!! Yours rised perfectly!! Xx

  3. I’m a little partial to chocolate soufflés but your pumpkin gingerbread one sounds and looks amazing!

  4. Pam Gurganus says:

    I just recently read a recipe for a soufflé that I want to try so my flavor would be a treacle toffee soufflé with a cinnamon crème fraiche.

  5. Pam Gurganus says:
  6. I’d love to make a chocolate peppermint souffle.

  7. a classic chocolate souffle for my picky sis…only thing she truly loves!

  8. obv. I’d make a chocolate souffle 😉


  9. Delores Fangman says:

    My recent challenge was baking the crescent rolls and some cinnamon rolls. It was my first attempt baking bread. My results looked beautiful, but did not have the flaky texture of Pillsbury. I something wasn’t right.

    • Homemade crescent rolls probably aren’t ever going to have the texture of Pillsbury. Homemade ones are more bread-like, whereas the Pillsbury ones have almost a croissant like quality. I still always prefer homemade, but there are definitely differences. Hope this helps!

  10. I don’t know how it would taste but some type of snickerdoodle would be fun to try!

  11. I would love a Raspberry Custard Holiday Souffle.

  12. Your soufflés are just breathtaking! With the winter citrus harvest underway I would love to make a lemon soufflé!

  13. I recently made turkey legs for Thanksgiving–not bad! I still have yet to try souffle but would like to.

  14. I made croissants from scratch…a lot of work, but one of the yummiest things I’ve ever had!

  15. a chocolate souffle is right down my alley. I am not brave enough to tackle one yet, though. Your recipe sounds wonderful!

  16. I just made my first pie from scratch – crust and all! I made a homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving!

  17. Debbie Eccard says:

    A custard with a chocolate sauce would be perfect for me! Congratulations on a perfect soufflé! You did marvelous!

  18. I would have a lemon souflee

  19. Jessica S says:

    Oh GOODNESS I would love to make a successful chocolate souffle!!! I try to make recipes a little healthier so it’s no surprise that I encounter about 3 billion kitchen failures 😉
    But seriously though, all I want for Christmas is… a healthy, delicious chocolate souffle.

    • Souffles actually aren’t that bad for you. They are mostly egg whites. I did a rough caloric calculation of these and if you make four they are under 200 calories each without the sauce. Not bad for a decadent dessert!

      • WHAT?!? That’s amazing!! I think I’m off to make some chocolate souffles now. Studying for finals can wait 😉 YAY for procrastination….

  20. I’m in cooking school right now, and mastering soufflés is big there. You’ve mastered it! This looks light and airy, and those flavors sound like the best soufflé ever!

  21. What a FABULOUS giveaway! I love souffles too but I never make them at home. I need to tackle my fear. Thank you for the inspiration! I would definitely love a caramel or cinnamon flavored souffle.

  22. My souffle would be sweet potato.

  23. That souffle sounds and looks fantastic.

  24. Buddy Garrett says:

    My wife would love to make a lemon soufflé.

  25. I’ve never made a souffle before but would love to try THIS one sometime!! You did a great job with this and thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

  26. OMG, this looks so good!! I have to try this recipe ASAP! 🙂

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  27. I’d do a mocha one! Yum!

  28. White chocolate hazelnut would be fun to try!

  29. I would make a chocolate-mint souffle! YUM!

  30. Chocolate souffle is one i love. and your souffle could be right up there. You should take a look at the cheese souffle I do. It is so simple and you can freeze it before you bake it. I know it isn’t as fancy as the standard souffle but it is a perfect do ahead dish for the holidays!

    • I froze these for an hour or so when I made them for Thanksgiving. They turned out perfectly then too, although they took a little longer to cook.

  31. Can I make this recipe even if I don’t have a KitchenAid oven? 😉 This looks lovely, and I agree with you that a souffle is such a terrific dessert. I like savory ones (cheese) too – great way to begin a meal, and you don’t have to worry so much about timing it properly for dessert. Good post – thanks.

  32. I make a souffle-like French dish called clafoutis, which is traditionally made with cherries, but which I like best with blueberries. So if I were to make a souffle I would start with blueberries.

  33. Oh this looks so delicious!! Very festive. My holiday souffle will involve salted caramel.

  34. Whoa!!! You CONQUERED that souffle!!

  35. Chocolate souffle!

  36. D Schmidt says:

    I am still trying to master making a souffle but I am hoping to make a peppermint white chocolate one for the holidays.

  37. D Schmidt says:
  38. Melissa L. says:

    I would try a chocolate souffle! That sounds delicious! Needs a peanut butter topping too! LOL Thanks for the great giveaway!

  39. I don’t think I’ve ever even eaten a souffle! I didn’t realize a souffle is gluten free – I’m totally going to make a salted caramel souffle.

  40. Wow, this is your first time making souffles?! They came out perfect! Pumpkin gingerbread sounds so perfect and the sauce looks yummy! I would like to make an eggnog souffle.

  41. A Christmas Eve soufflé? We are the savory types at our house and all quite partial to a goat’s cheese souffle with a walnut and apple salad. Yours is gorgeous though, so I might rethink that.

  42. Laura, this souffle looks gorgeous – love that it’s made with pumpkin flavor! What a great treat for the holidays!

  43. My favorite holiday soufflé flavor is apple pie. But I love your pumpkin gingerbread flavor too. can’t wait to give you recipe a try.
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  44. You can never go wrong with chocolate!

  45. Blue cheese souffle is the bomb!
    Great giveaway. Thanks!

  46. Tina Zsoldos says:

    I would love to try a Chocolate Souffle one day 🙂

  47. Becca Entenberg says:

    I’d probably make a chocolate chip souffle!

  48. Becca Entenberg says:
  49. karen medlin says:

    I glad you choose to use the pumpkin puree, I was afraid I would have to cook a pumpkin first! I have not even dared to try to make a souffle, I am still a novice in the baking department. I would love to try to make a Spinach and Cheddar Souffle that I found on the web, the family loves spinach, yeah I know I got strange kids that like spinach. The one baking challenge that was a success was making a batch of cinnamon rolls with caramel glaze, from scratch the day before thanksgiving. I was holding my breath waiting for them rise, they finally did and the family loved them.

    • I actually do roast and puree my own pumpkin, but the canned puree will work just fine. Don’t use the pumpkin pie filling though, just regular puree. I know that this recipe will work for you if you give it a try!

  50. Mine would be some kind of cinnamon flavor.

  51. yours looks heavenly–i’d probably choose an orange flavor. thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  52. Susan Smith says:

    I’d love to make a chocolate souffle.

  53. Susan Smith says:
  54. I’ve never made a souffle but I’d like to try making a chocolate souffle.

  55. I’ve never been brave enough to make one, but I think I’d make chocolate!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  56. I would make vanilla souffle

  57. My soufflé would be French vanilla flavored.

  58. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/410164235046371328

  59. Jessica To says:

    I would like to try a cinnamon apple soufflé.

  60. donna marchlewski says:

    My holiday soufflé would have to be chocolate!

  61. What you baked up sounds absolutely deliciously! I can’t wait to give it a try, it will be my first attempt!

  62. I’ve never tried to make a souffle, but I like the sound of this recipe. I may try it before Christmas. Thank you for the recipe!

  63. Chocolate and hazlenut is always my go-to combo.

  64. I think an almond pear soufflé with a Grand Marnier sauce would be awesome! In fact, I think I’m going to try to do that before Christmas.

  65. Lucy Grace White says:

    I love my kitchen aid mixer. Nothing compares to it. I have old stand and handheld ones.

  66. A Grand Marnier souffle would be much appreciated this holiday season!

  67. Yum. This time of year pumpkin anything sounds good. Have to try this recipe. I grew my own pumpkins this year and had more than any family needs. So I cooked them, and froze the puree in 2 cup zip locks. To be used at a later date. 🙂

  68. Wild Orchid says:

    I love chocolate souffle, so that is what I would make!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  69. Wild Orchid says:


  70. My holiday soufflé would be cinnamon sugar flavor

  71. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/411697041924845568

  72. My souffle would be caramel flavor or maybe chocolate caramel!

  73. I love chocolate soufflé and pumpkin sounds amazing too !!

  74. Those look delish!

  75. I love cheese souffle. Never made one though


  77. CATHARINE R says:

    I love everything pumpkin. I think I’ll try this recipe for Christmas!
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  78. CATHARINE R says:
  79. mommadazzo says:

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    Chocolate may be in the oven for me!

  80. My holiday souffle would probably be white chocolate flavored, though the idea of attempting a souffle at all is deeply intimidating. I might try a creme brulee first.

  81. I’ve never made souffle, but I’d love to try! This looks so yummy.

  82. I’ve always wanted to try making something like this. It looks amazing.

  83. Have never tried my hand at making a souffle, but this sure does look yummy.

  84. June Kathrein says:

    Your souflee looks delicious!

  85. What is there not to love about pumpkin souffle- I love it and I havent even tried it yet!

  86. This looks AMAZING! Wow, what a fabulous dessert!

  87. You made me want to make souffles!!

  88. Well, I’d love to make a chocolate souffle, naturally 🙂 But I just had the pleasure of tasting a port wine souffle, and it was amazing. It doesn’t sound great, but it was TO DIE FOR!

    Your pictures are gorgeous…and tempting :).

    Thanks for offering this giveaway; I’m grateful!

  89. Annnnnd, here’s my tweet about this promotion!!



  90. Hector Octavio says:

    I love souffles and the dark chocolate ones are my favorites. Thank you for the giveaway!

  91. Erica Best says:

    i have never had souffle and i would love to try vanllia one first then try this one

  92. Erica Best says:
  93. Sarah Beer says:

    Oh my, chocolate peppermint souffle sounds AMAZING! I’m almost drooling.

  94. Sarah Beer says:
  95. I’d love to try to make a chocolate souffle for the holidays!

  96. Nicole Larsen says:

    I am not a cook by any means and any job in the kitchen is a challenge lol–i recently cooked our thanksgiving turkey this year and it turned out fantastic! Challenge accepted and overcome!

  97. Nicole Larsen says:
  98. Would love to try a chocolate souffle! Would also be interested in perhaps adding coffee/espresso beans for a twist. Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. I’d like a chocolate souffle for the holidays–can one add orange flavor? I love orange chocolate together

  100. Lisa Brown says:

    I am better with my cooking challenges, have not overcome them; I do not like cooking and have to motivate myself to do it. I keep recipes about and buy gadgets that will help make it easier and fun, if you can call cooking fun 🙂
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  101. Lisa Brown says:

    my tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/414000233228410880
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  102. I have to say that my holiday soufflé flavor would be yours because now I can not get it out of my head!!! Although I love lemon and ginger so maybe something along those lines.

  103. I would love do make a chocolate one with your caramel sauce above!

  104. I’ve never tried a souffle but yours sounds yummy! A challenge i need to attempt!

  105. i want a cheese and chive souffle 🙂

  106. I greatly appreciate your time to share this delicious recipe. And thank you for the giveaway!

  107. I recently made a loaf of bread that I could slice and wouldn’t mind eating on a weekly basis.

  108. I love the classic gran marnier souffle but this recipe sounds like it could be my next favorite soufle!

  109. Oh wow! I just found your blog and love it! I have never made souffles before, but ALWAYS wondered how. Thanks for sharing! I would love to try them myself, especially with a KitchenAid! Wow!! Thanks for this generous giveaway:)

    Your recipe also sounds awesome. I use pumpkin in so many of my baked goods. It truly is amazing!

  110. Allison Downes says:

    I might just try your recipe out, or I will make a chocolate souffle.

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  111. Allison Downes says:

    I tweeted:



  112. my next challenge is making english muffins

  113. Wanda McHenry says:

    Red Velvet Soufflés with Whipped Sour Cream

  114. Wanda McHenry says:
  115. steve weber says:

    Id love to make this for Thanksgiving next year.

  116. I love souffles! I once had a souffle party with 5 of my girl friends – we made 6 different souffles and sampled them all 🙂 For the holidays I’d probably try pumpkin, or white chocolate with berries.

  117. I’d love an Eggnog souffle!

  118. Mindy Merenghi says:

    Tonight I made gingerbread cookies for the first time 🙂

  119. Oh man! That looks awesome! I think mine would be eggnog. 🙂

  120. I pretty much make everything with chocolate so my best guess would be a dark chocolate cherry soufflé if I could ever find a recipe for one. Though I must say that Pumpkin Gingerbread one sounded delish too!

  121. amanda assencoa says:

    apple dumpling souffle

  122. amanda assencoa says:
  123. i’d like a chocolate souffle

  124. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would make a chocolate souffle.

  125. Rebecca Graham says:
  126. I would love to try to make a chocolate souffle.

  127. My cooking challenge was two-fold. I made rolls from scratch and a raisin cake.

    Awesome giveaway.

  128. I would make a coconut soufflé. Though I’ve never eaten one, I’ve been dreaming about this dish for the past month.

  129. Just found your blog and think it’s terrific! This looks amazing! Yum!

    My holiday choice would be dark chocolate & salted caramel.
    (If you come up with a recipe, let me know! — Yum! 🙂 )
    Thanks & happy holidays!

    • I’m allergic to chocolate, so I won’t be coming up with a recipe, but there’s probably one out there somewhere. Thanks for the sweet words about my blog, Leisha!

  130. Soufflés scare me, not sure if I am up for trying it yet, but pumpkin sounds so great, maybe with caramel.

  131. I think I would like to try a chocolate souffle.

  132. You make the souffle process look so easy! I would make a chocolate souffle since it is my favorite flavor.

  133. Sheila Vives says:

    I would love to make a Chocolate Souffle

  134. Sheila Vives says:
  135. Some sort of peppermint souffle would be my choice!

  136. I would make this pumpkin gingerbread soufflé or a Grand Marnier soufflé.

  137. Wow. Those are beautiful! I made a coconut oil, lime, and cilantro braised turkey this year!

  138. It’s been a long time since I’ve made a souffle, sweet or savory. It’s so satisfying to pull that gorgeousness from the oven–as you well know, judging from how nicely yours came out.

    My latest challenge was popovers, which I’m happy to report were quite the success!

  139. I tweeted about your souffle and giveaway:

  140. I’d make a spinach and broccoli souffle – that’s definitely the type my family gravitates towards. Yum!

  141. Becky Richied says:

    I would love to have mine be pumpkin cheesecake flavor, I have never undertook making a souffle, but these look amazing!! I do want to try it!

  142. I’m a chocoholic, so I’d have to go with a fudgy souffle! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  143. I have never made a souffle, but found this recipe for a Cinnamon-Chocolate Bread Pudding Souffle that sounds amazing!!!

  144. maria cantu says:

    anything chocolate

  145. Chocolate souffle is my favorite.

  146. I have a confession! I’ve never made or even tried a souffle! After seeing all those pictures and reading the comments it looks like something I need to put on my list for 2014! Great post!

  147. I am going to try your soufflé, it sounds delicious. I also want to make a triple chocolate soufflé!!

  148. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would make a chocolate souffle!

  149. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  150. I’d choose lemon!

  151. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would make a chocolate souffle

  152. Thomas Murphy says:
  153. Tabathia B says:

    I would stick to a basic vanilla souffle since my family is picky

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  154. Tabathia B says:
  155. I’ve never had a dessert souffle of any kind. I’d like one with orange & fresh ginger.
    Thanks for the contest.

  156. Never had a souffle before. WOuld love to try this sometime.

  157. I made pretzels!

  158. These look wonderful! I would probably try a key lime souffle. I also order them out whenever I see them on a menu because I’m a bit intimidated by the prospect of making them at home.


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