Monday, April 15, 2013

Chilled Strawberry Bisque

Three years ago I developed a quirky little recipe called chocolate soup. It's a chocoholic's velvety dream come true and one of my favorite recipes to make on this blog. It's been published in a few magazines and in the Foodista Cookbook. Who knew a dessert SOUP would be so well received? It remains one of my most popular posts to date!

I recently found a completely different kind of dessert soup recipe, and I love it just as much as chocolate soup. It's cold, creamy, and chock-full of fresh strawberry flavor. Its lightness is perfect for springy weather and just the thing for Mother's Day this year.

Just for fun, I made some dessert "caviar" with grenadine and Grand Marnier. It makes a pretty topping and compliments the slight amount of orange liqueur in the bisque. I'd also just made a vanilla pound cake so I cut two slices into cubes for "croutons".  I think they look pretty adorable as an accompaniment.

The bisque is really simple to make, and I love its naturally pink color.  You can serve it as an appetizer, but it's certainly sweet enough to be considered dessert. It's absolutely fresh and delightful and I hope you'll try it!

Chilled Strawberry Bisque
[click for printable recipe]
Source: SprinkleBakes original recipe, but inspired by a soup from the Wild Plum
Yield: fourteen 1/2 cup servings, or about 7 cups
Prep: 30 minutes plus 1 hour for chilling

3 lbs. fresh strawberries or unsweetened frozen strawberries (thawed)
1 cup sugar
3 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup half and half or light cream
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
2 cups whipped cream for garnish
Mint sprigs for garnish

  1. Roughly cut fresh strawberries and place in the bowl of a food processor. Process until strawberries are pureed, about 5 minutes.  Add sugar and process again until thoroughly mixed. Place a sieve over a large bowl and pour mixture through to remove seeds. 
  2. Add the yogurt, half and half and Grand Marnier to the mixture. Whisk together until completely blended. Cover and place in the refrigerator to chill, at least 1 hour. Pour 1/2 cup servings into small bowls or teacups and top with whipped cream and mint sprigs.

Very detailed tutorial (with video) for dessert caviar can be found here.  For this recipe, I used 1/4 cup grenadine and 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier for the 3 oz. of liquid called for in the recipe.


Belinda Lo said...

This is so cute. It reminds me of the "chocolate soup" drink we have here in Australia by a little cafe I know. They serve it with ice cream and tiny marshmallows and I always wanted to know how they made it. I definitely trying this when I have moment to my self

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Exquisite! This sweet bisque is very tempting.



Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough said...

Gorgeous and so creative! I'm especially loving that dessert caviar. :) YUM!

Cookbook Queen said...

How on earth did I miss your chocolate soup recipe? This is beyond perfect. So light and pretty and the caviar is the most creative garnish!!

Heather said...

I'm so intrigued by the dessert caviar! It looks beautiful, but I'm afraid I wouldn't like the texture.

lovelife said...

Sounds great!
And the caviar is a genius idea...want try this some day!


Tracy {pale yellow} said...

Gorgeous! Strawberry soup with "caviar" looks lovely and perfect for a fancy dinner party.

Kiran @ said...

This looks so grand and festive!

Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier said...

You're amazing! This looks delicious.

Colette Just for Foodies said...

Heather, you're a hoot!
I love the presentation, the red caviar, all of it.

Anonymous said...

Kim - Wow, what fun! Where did you get your little plates and domes?

marla said...

So pretty Heather & that dessert caviar is awesome!

Tieghan said...

I LOVE this

Laurel y Menta said...

This looks delicious, the presentation is very pretty!!


Tesei said...

Lovely recipe and perfecto for Spring! I loved your post on Dessert Caviar too, thank you soooooo much!!!

peanutbutterandonion said...

I am always impressed by your blog. Now more than ever,,, supper yum!

bakemania said...

sooo cute,
I really like your blog! :)

Lynna said...

I love this! It`s too adorable and I`m loving the pink color. :D

Becca said...

This looks so refreshing, and I am in love with that pretty baby pink. It's such a pretty color :)

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen said...

This looks and sounds so delicious and your photos are just beautiful!

Lora said...

What a beautiful summer recipe. Love the grenadine caviar.

Leslie said...

This looks so delightful and just screams SPRING!!!

Amy said...

You're right, this IS perfect for Mother's Day! We usually treat my mom to a fancy brunch at the local country club, but it has been fairly crowded the past few years. Your dessert soup looks even more sophisticated than their dishes, and Mom loves anything with strawberries. Perfect!

Katrina Bahl said...

I MUST MUST MUST make that dessert caviar!!!!! omgoodness

Jamie said...

WOW - absolutely visually stunning. Anyone who creates this and serves it would definitely get the attention of whomever they were entertaining. Goodness. I know what I'm making for Mother's Day ! Thanks

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