Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Soup #24/Strawberry Compote


Before we go into the details of this recipe, I wanted to acknowledge that we know, a compote isn't necessarily a soup. And because we know this, and because this ended up being so sweet, we've given it a category all it's own. It's our first dessert soup!  You could totally indulge in a small dish of this with some homemade whipped cream - but read on and we will tell you how we enjoyed. On another note, I think this is hands down, the easiest soup to make. No, really...

What you will need:

3 cups of fresh chopped strawberries (or the ones in your fridge that are getting a little soft and you need to figure out what to do with them before they go bad....those work too)
4 cups of water
2 tbs sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

How to make it:

Add the strawberries, water, lemon juice, and sugar into a medium sized pan on medium heat. Mix together as it heats up to dissolve the sugar.  

Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat until it's at a nice simmer. Keep it at a simmer and let cook until the water is a pretty shade of pink and your strawberries are droopy and a dull pink sort of color. 

Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Enjoy!

How we enjoyed it:

Isn't this the best part? Maybe I should make this section a permanent part of each recipe.  We didn't quite know what to do. After it was cool, E and I enjoyed a small little cup of our dessert soup. It was super tasty and smelled like lip gloss, but it was also SUPER sweet. So the next day we decided to mix it up - literally - into some cocktails.   Try about 1 1/2 tbsp of the compote, a shot of tequila and fill the rest up with ginger ale. Rim your glass with some mint sugar (found this brilliant idea here) and it's a delicious mix of flavor on a summer night!  Try it out and share your cocktail recipes here (pretty please!!). 

The verdict: 

As a soup, it's definitely a bit of a stretch, though if I hadn't been so full when I had my small cup, it probably would make the perfect dessert. I still call it a success because it was exactly how we thought it would turn out, and still really yummy. It's not your average soup, but HEY, we're experimenting here.  

What we'd do differently:

Our strawberries were very sweet to begin with. E suggested that maybe we should have used a little less sugar. I would start with maybe 1 tbsp and then add more to taste. And I'd definitely try it on ice cream next time!