Strawberry Soup with Basil Cream and Pound Cake Croutons

May 20, 2013

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.


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Ingredients & Instructions

Ingredients & Quantities

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
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Preparation Instructions

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.

Recipe Details

Recipe Times

Prep

20 Minutes

Cook

5 Minutes

Total

25 Minutes

Recipe Yield

4-6 servings

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17 Comments
  1. 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.

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

  3. Creative combination of flavors and stunning presentation!

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

  5. So beautiful! I’m so impressed with this creativity!!! I want to eat it now please 🙂

  6. 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

      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.

  7. Sina

    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:

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

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

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

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