Strawberry Soup

StrawberrySoup

Last Friday I was invited to the Lady Food Blogger’s Soup and Beer themed Oktoberfest. I do not know why soup and beer and traditional German festival of drinking and not soup (so much) but who am I to knock an invite to get together with a bunch of ladies who love to cook and do it well? Besides…soup! I’m thoroughly convinced that soup tastes better in the fall and winter than it does in the spring and summer so perfect!

Buuuut there are a lot of Lady Food Bloggers and I figured everyone would have some sort of delicious yet savory soup so I asked myself, “Self, is there a dessert soup?” Of course I did not know the answer right off so I looked to my webfriend Google who came up with this idea.

Strawberry Soup II

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 12 ounces prepared pound cake, cubed
  • 12 sprigs fresh mint

DIRECTIONS

1. Rinse strawberries with cool water to clean and then pat dry to absorb excess water. Remove strawberry stems and set aside 12 for later use.

2. In a large bowl, combine remaining strawberries, whipped topping, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. With an electric mixer, mix on low speed for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar has dissolved completely and mixture is smooth. Add sour cream and mix 1 minute. Place in refrigerator to chill.

3. Toast pound cake cubes under broiler for approximately 6 minutes, turning once to brown both sides.

4. Serve soup in chilled bowls and garnish with whole strawberries, pound cake croutons and fresh mint sprigs.

PRODUCTION NOTES
1. I whiped up my own whipped cream because I don’t mind doing it and I think it tastes better than tubbed whipped dessert topping (or whatever). The only problem was that when I poured 12 ounces of heavy whipping cream in a bowl it looked so forlorn there huddling in a tiny puddle. So I added half of my second carton (upping the ounces to 18). Did you know that whipped cream gets really fluffy when you beat it? I mean really fluffy. So yeah, stick with 12 ounces of liquid, it’ll fluff way up and provide enough volume for the soup.

2. How many cups is 2 quarts of strawberries? 4? I was too lazy to measure out 4 cups when the strawberries came in nicely packaged quart containers. I figured 2 quarts was 4 cupsish enough for government work. If I had the right ratio of whipped cream to strawberries this would have been even more fantistico.

3. I do believe I added a slosh more sour cream to the mix because of my whipped cream conundrum.

4. You may notice the lack of fresh mint sprig and home made toasted pound cake croutons. First of all mint garnish? Meh. Second of all I wasn’t going to go to the trouble of whipping up cream and then get a store bought pound cake. I also, apparently, wasn’t going to be making one either although I had the best intentions to. Instead, I asked badmovie if he could pick me up some Pepperidge Farm goodies as substitute croutons. I kinda like the addition of chocolate to the crouton mix but next time I will purposefully seek out Brussells instead of relying on what CVS had on hand at the last minute. The Milanos, though, did the job quite nicely I might add.

5. Everyone thought this soup was the BOMB and it is. I also suspect you could adapt the fruit a little and make other awesome dessert soups.


2008: Too full of soup to update.

2007: Did I mention these ladies can cook?

2006: Ain’t nothing so antisocial as going to someone’s house only to have your dumbass chest burster that got itself trapped in your skull finally find a way out and spray brain matter everywhere.

2005: Italian Wedding soup, squash soup, pasta frisoli (sp) soup, French onion soup…

2004: Plus! Some of them made desserts!

2003: Damn, damn and double damn. Dirge got me all hyped up about playing Everquest and-OK you can stop laughing at any time.

One Response to “Strawberry Soup”

  1. StalkerPatti Says:

    It was so awesome! I think you are right about other berries…raspberry might be nice, too.

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