Strawberry Soup with Basil Cream and Pound Cake Croutons

by Shoshana on May 20, 2013 · 17 comments

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It sometimes surprises me how many strawberries we go through in my house durring the summer months. Most of them get eaten straight out of the baskets or pureed into smoothies and popsicles but I also love to play around with strawberries in all kinds of recipes from salads to jams to cakes. One of my most requested recipes is a strawberry soup with basil cream. The fusion of strawberries and basil is one of my favorite flavor combinations. This soup is deliciously unique. People are always surprised when I serve this refreshing strawberry soup as a first course and then go back for seconds, asking for the recipe.

I usually make the recipe dairy (I served more than six quarts of this soup over Shavout), but when I saw that the theme of this month’s Kosher Connection recipe challenge was croutons I immediately knew that I wanted to make a sweeter parve version of my strawberry soup to serve with pound cake croutons as a dessert. It is nice, light, refreshing dessert, perfect for a summer lunch. All the components can be made ahead and just assembled when ready to serve. The parve version of this soup has a hint of coconut flavor from the coconut greek yogurt but it pairs nicely with the flavors of strawberry and lemon present in the soup. If you are a bit hesitant about the combination of basil and strawberries I recommend you try it, but if it isn’t for you the soup is great without the cream as well.

For more creative (and probably more savory) uses of croutons be sure to check out the rest of the Kosher Connection’s submissions to this month’s challenge.

Strawberry Soup with Basil Cream and Pound Cake Croutons

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Strawberry Soup with Basil Cream and Pound Cake Croutons


Strawberry Soup

2 lbs hulled strawberries

2 cartons (12 oz) plain coconut greek style yogurt

1/2 cup (4 oz) simple syrup, or to taste

2 teaspoons meyer lemon zest

Basil Cream

15 large basil leaves

2 tablespoons (1 oz) sugar

1/2 cup (4 oz) tofutti sour cream

Pound Cake Croutons

4 (3/4 inch) slices parve pound cake (such as this lemon one)

6 tablespoons (3 oz) sugar


To Make the Soup:

Combine the strawberries, simple syrup, lemon zest and coconut yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Depending on the sweetness of the strawberries (and how sweet you want to make the soup) it may be necessary to add a bit more simple syrup. Taste the soup and add it a bit at a time until the soup is the desired sweetness. (If making it as a true dessert you may want to make it a bit sweeter than if serving the soup as a first course.) Strain the soup through a fine mesh sieve to remove the strawberry seeds and chill well until ready to serve.

To Make the Basil Cream:

Combine the basil and sugar in a food processor or blender and blend until finely chopped. (A smallish food processor works best for this). Add the tofutti sour cream and process until smooth. Chill until serving.

To Make the Croutons:

Preheat the broiler to high. Place the pound cake on a baking sheet and sprinkle 3/4 tablespoon sugar evenly over each of the slices. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is melted and starting to brown. Keep a close eye on the cake to keep it from burning. Cool for a minute or two then flip the slices of cake over. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and broil until the sugar is melted. Let cool then cut the cake into 3/4 inch cubes.

To Serve the Soup:

Pour the soup into serving bowls. Top with a generous dollop of the basil cream and a handful of pound cake croutons.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Ronnie Fein May 20, 2013 at 4:21 am

I also love strawberries. Especially with Greek yogurt OR coconut yogurt, so this is for me. What an interesting use of cake — croutons! The photo is phenomenal.


Hindy May 20, 2013 at 5:27 am

That basil cream in the soup looks amazing! Love that you combined a more savory herb with the sweet soup!


Laura May 20, 2013 at 5:28 am

Creative combination of flavors and stunning presentation!


Micky Kramer May 20, 2013 at 8:18 am

What a beautiful picture! Almost looks too good to eat, almost….


Whit @ Jewhungry May 20, 2013 at 11:39 am

So beautiful! I’m so impressed with this creativity!!! I want to eat it now please :)


Chaya May 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

This is such a pretty soup and I love the combo of basil and strawberry. Who makes the coconut Greek yogurt. I don’t think, I have seen it, in the stores, but I will certainly look.


Shoshana May 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

The coconut Greek yogurt is made by So Delicious. I got mine at Whole Foods but I imagine other large grocery stores might carry it as well. It comes in a few flavors but for this recipe I recommend getting the plain.


stephanie May 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

beautiful presentation!


jessica // the kosher foodies May 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

you made this look so beautiful! yummy!


Sina May 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Shoshana, I love everything about this soup. The flavors and presentation. And how genius to turn cake into croutons! This is going on my to make list, it’s perfect for a party:


Tamar Genger @joyofkosher May 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

This is gorgeous and sounds delicious.


Vicky & Ruth May 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

Love the combination of strawberries and basil. And the pound cake croutons sound so delicious!


Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn May 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I love the combination of flavors here. The coconut yogurt sounds delicious!


Alessandra (DinnerinVenice) May 26, 2013 at 5:23 am

I agree with everyone. I love everything about this recipe, especially how beautiful it looks!


Alison@Alibabka May 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

yum yum yum! love the basil strawberry combo! Great idea for a different kind of dessert!


Sarah Klinkowitz May 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Look at the stunning presentation!


Yosef - This American Bite May 30, 2013 at 7:05 am

I second that. Delightful.


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