Augusta's chilled tomato soup with basil cream

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Lightly Packed Fresh Basil Leaves; coarsely chopped
¾ cup Heavy Cream
2 cups Ripe Tomatoes; seeded, peeled, and coarsely chopped
2 cups Chicken Stock
2 cups Milk
1 teaspoon Honey
Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Whole Basil Leaves

Early in the day, put the chopped basil leaves in a small bowl. Scald the cream in a small saucepan and pour it over the basil. Let steep 1 hour, then strain the cream and chill deeply. In a food processor, puree the chopped tomato, stock, milk and honey until very smooth.

Transfer the puree to a bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Chill deeply. When ready to serve, whip the basil cream. Ladle the chilled soup into chilled glass cups or stemmed glasses. Dollop each serving with the whipped cream and top with a fresh basil leaf.

Source: "Dairy Hollow House: Soup & Bread," by Crescent Dragonwagon Typed by Katherine Smith Kook-Net: The Shadow Zone IV - Stinson Beach, CA

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