Easy Summer Dessert Strawberry Soup – Soupe de fraises
As part of the summer 2022 menu, Emma Kershaw of La Maison du Rire, a food and wine school in Corbières, shared her easy dessert recipe for a strawberry soup (soupe de fraises). This summer dessert comes from her cookbook Taste of Le Sud.
The strawberry season starts in March here in Corbières, and I was amazed at all the different varieties of strawberries available at the market, having grown up knowing only a choice of English, Kent or Spanish. I have since found out that there are over 600 different varieties of strawberry. Choose a full-flavoured variety and very ripe for this soup. I use Gariguette early in the season and Charlotte in the height of summer. It works very well with a slice of almond and lemon cake; add the zest and juice of a lemon to the recipe below.
Strawberry Soup - Soup de Fraises
- 8 oz Strawberries washed and hulled
- 2 tbsp Icing sugar
- 1 large sprig of Mint, the leaves only
- 1 small glass of Muscat
- Water and ice optional to taste
- Put the first four ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
- Add a few cubes of ice and water to loosen, blend again.
- Taste, depending on the ripeness and variety of strawberries chosen, you may need to add more sugar.
- The resulting soup should be sweet but not cloying, with a hint of mint and Muscat.
- Chill and serve in teacups or shot glasses.
This dessert is a perfect match for a Muscat wine. The Domaine Jones is a favourite because of the low alcohol. However, a Muscat from St Jean de Minervois is equally delightful. Clos de Gravaillas is an organic domaine owned by a local girl, Nicole, and her husband John, from Kentucky. Their dessert wine Douce Providence is a 100% Muscat de Petits Grains with 125g/l of residual sugar and 15% ABV. A delightful wine with notes of pineapple and rose petals. Serve chilled.