Strawberry season. Ripe for Canada Day festivities, warm evenings, and summer barbecues. This White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Soup is a cool, seasonal, make-ahead dessert that is, simple, elegant, and sure to impress!
Make a Mighty Custard
Technically, it’s not a soup, but a simple créme Anglaise, or custard sauce made with milk, egg yokes and sugar, gently thickened over heat, combined with white chocolate, and then chilled and served over fruit for a dramatic colorful effect.
Compliments of the talented French Chef in my life, Chef Benoit Gelinotte, this is a recipe that has appeared on a number of menus under his care over the course of his 35-year career in many forms, finding the perfect balance of creaminess against the acidity of the fruit without being overly sweet.
It’s among his signature dishes.
“My White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Soup is a personal favourite, perhaps the best selling dessert I’ve ever created” says Chef Benoit “I can only guess how many hundreds of liters of créme anglaise I’ve made over the years.
The secret to a good créme anglaise,” he instructs “is ensuring that the liquids are properly tempered and once combined, do not boil, because then you’re left with curdy, scrambled eggs and a broken sauce.
Be easy on the heat and never take your eye off the custard.”
He has a point, scrambled eggs in runny goo = bad. This will not impress your friends. But a smooth, rich, creamy custard gently flavoured with almond – will.
Fresh Take on Familiar Flavours
This cool, refreshing dessert has comforting familiarity – smooth and rich – like melted ice cream, with the sharp tang of fresh mint, which elevates and enhances the flavors to five-star status. Sometimes dubbed White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Custard, it is a cool, clean gluten-free, vegetarian dessert that never fails to arouse.
At one stop along the path of his colourful career, Chef Benoit Geinotte has tickled patrons with this little beauty, served in a tall cocktail glass with a sexy parfait spoon and a foam of cremé de menthé – cleverly called the ‘On Your Knees White Chocolate Soup’. “Because it makes you pray for more,” he says.
Prep Ahead Notes
Make your custard base as much as a day ahead and chill until ready to serve. The fruit is gently macerated in sugar and mint at room temperature for about an hour to render the juices and mingle the flavours.
White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Soup then comes together “a lá minute”. Perfect for parties, no matter how much wine the cook has consumed with dinner. (I find closing one eye helps, in this case.)
Summer, In a Bowl
White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Soup stunning cool summer dessert from our (other) resident Chef, to make your summer sweet!
I suppose I’ll have to find a way to thank him for that. Perhaps a nice, stinky piece of cheese, something decidedly ‘sock-like’, that’s always a hit with the French, they love a good ‘footie’ cheese. Bon Appetit Foodie Gypsies.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yokes, 1/2 cup of sugar & almond extract until smooth.
In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil over medium-high heat then immediately remove from heat.
Temper hot milk with egg mixture by whisking 1/4 of the hot milk to the egg mixture to warm it slightly, then whisk one 1/4 of the egg mixture back to the hot milk to cool it slightly, then add the remaining milk, now cool, slowly drizzled into the egg, constantly whisking to avoid lumps until both are combined and frothy.
Pour the combined, egg & milk back into the saucepan and return to medium heat, and simmer to thicken. Do not bring this mixture to a boil, a small simmer is all the heat you need, stirring constantly to avoid scalding and “cooking” the egg.
Remove from heat, add white chocolate chips and stir, off heat, until melted.
Return to medium-low heat to thicken, stirring constantly. Note on consistency: The custard should cling to the back of a spoon to make a film. If you take your finger and draw a line through the liquid, the remaining sauce should not run through the line, but instead remain stationary on the spoon for about three seconds, thanks to the coagulation of the yokes. The French call this “a la nappe” – “to coat”. 7) Strain the custard through a fine sieve to remove any lumps for a smooth, creamy finish. Chill, covered, in the fridge minimum of one hour or as long as overnight. 8) In a medium bowl, combine cut fruit, 1/4 cup of sugar, and finely cut mint. Let stand at room temperature to render juices and combine flavours, for approximately one hour.
To serve; spoon fruit into a bowl, or glass (preferably chilled) and gently ladle the custard over the fruit. To finish, add a drizzle of fruit syrup from the bottom of the bowl over the custard for added drama and colour.
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:30 Minutes
Keywords: White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Soup, White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Custard
Fearlessly cooking in her home kitchen just outside Ottawa, Canada; Cori Horton is a food photographer, food marketing consultant, recipe developer and sustainability advocate. A Cordon Bleu trained chef, Cori spent five years as the owner of Nova Scotia's Dragonfly Inn and now shares all things delicious - right here.