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Creme du barry recipe: How to make cream of cauliflower soup

Fancy a comforting bowl of soup? Try this creamy cauliflower soup, perfect for when it’s a little colder outside. Express.co.uk talks you through BBC Good Food’s cream of cauliflower soup recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower (about 1.3kg/3lb), stalks discarded and florets chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 25g butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.2l light chicken or vegetable stock
  • 600ml full-fat milk
  • 142ml carton double cream
  • 250g wild mushroom – choose from ceps, girolles (chanterelles), morels (either a mixture or just one type)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp finely snipped chives

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Method

Step one

Put the cauliflower, potato and onion in a large saucepan with the butter and half of the oil.

Step two

Gently heat the contents until they start to sizzle, then cover with a lid and sweat over a low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The vegetables should be softened but not coloured.

Step three

Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, then pour in the milk and return gently to a boil.

This way, there will be no scum forming from the milk.

Step four

Season to taste then simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Wait until the vegetables are soft, and then pour in half the cream.

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Step five

Blend everything in a food processor or blender, in batches.

For an extra creamy texture, push the puree through a sieve with the back of a ladle.

Stir in the rest of the cream. (If preparing ahead cool, cover and chill for up to a day.)

Step six

To serve, pick over the mushrooms. Wild mushrooms can be gritty so wash them quickly in a bowl of cold water then drain well and pat dry.

Trim the stalks and chop or slice the mushrooms neatly.

Step seven

Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and, when very hot, stir fry the mushrooms quickly until nicely browned.

Season them with salt and freshly ground black pepper as you cook them.

Step eight

Reheat the soup until piping hot.

Check for seasoning and ladle into warmed bowls.

Spoon the mushrooms into the centre and sprinkle lightly with the chives. Vernaccia di San Gimignano or a Chardonnay would suit this rich soup.

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