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One French word : menthe, a French recipe: soupe de fraises à la menthe


Menthe, feminine noun (la menthe, une menthe, des menthes)= mint, either in the sense of the plant, de la menthe, des feuilles de menthe (=mint leaves) or a mint sweet/candy, une menthe, des menthes, or bonbon à la menthe. Also crème de menthe = mint liqueur.

Soupe de fraises à la menthe for Valentine’s day

 

I’m a teeny bit ashamed of my recipe for today, which really I ought to have waited till summer to divulge. One doesn’t buy strawberries in winter, not in my book. But I just did. They looked lovely, they came from the Finistère, and they were not that expensive.

But then I had the brilliant idea of using Valentine’s Day coming up as an excuse to use them to do a Valentine’s recipe.

So, here we are, soupe de fraises à la menthe, another ridiculously easy, delicious dessert. I sometimes serve it in mini crystal liqueur glasses; it should always be served in individual transparent glassware. It’s too pretty to hide.

Soupe de fraises à la menthe

For 2 people you will need :

  • 250gr strawberries
  • 1 tbs sugar (or none at all if the berries are really ripe)
  • 8 large mint leaves, and 2 little top buds to garnish
  • 1tbs grand marnier, armagnac or brandy

Ingrédients de la soupe aux fraises

Preparation (it takes literally 5 minutes):

  1. Wash, hull and dry the strawberries. If they are large, cut into quarters.
  2. Place in the bowl of a mini mixer with the sugar and the alcohol of your choice.
  3. Blend on pulse very rapidly so that the strawberries are chopped but not puréed. There must be some texture left.
  4. Make a little stack of the large mint leaves and cut into thin strips with scissors; stir into the strawberries.
  5. Chill.
  6. Serve in pretty glasses topped with the rosette of mint leaves.

Now for variations:

  1. You may replace the mint with basil; absolutely delicious.
  2. You may leave out the alcohol but it is nicer with. You can replace it with a ½ tsp of lemon juice.
  3. You may dip the rim of the glass in melted chocolate. Difficult to eat chocolate around the rim of a glass, but looks classy.
  4. You can dip a whole strawberry (hold the hull and dip half way up the pointed end) in melted chocolate, let it harden and casually garnish the plate that holds your glass of soupe de fraises.
  5. You may dip the rim of the glass in lemon juice and then sugar.

This dessert is light, refreshing, and slips down even after the richest of meals.

Bon appétit.

About OneFrenchWord

I was a professional linguist and have been a life-long foodie. I am now lucky enough to be retired and free to roam the beaches around my home at the tip of the Finistère (Brittany, France). Writing is occupying a larger place in my life, with this blog and a children's book in preparation. I shall feel much happier calling myself a writer when I have published a book. And so posts on OneFrenchWord will be published first as an e-book, my ambition being to see a glossy volume on French language and cuisine in print some day. So keep reading, and snap up the book when it appears!

4 responses »

  1. This looks so good. It seems light and really easy to make. I’m not sure if I can wait until Valentine’s Day!

    Reply
  2. Now this looks like my kind of recipe – simple but I imagine very impressive!

    Reply

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