Forest Mushroom Soup with Creme Fraiche
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Forest Mushroom Soup with Creme Fraiche

Ingredients

  • 1 large Onion finely diced
  • ½ cup of fresh Cream
  • 1 litre of Chicken (or Vegetable) stock
  • 350g of chopped Button Mushrooms
  • 100g of Chestnut Mushrooms
  • ½ cup of dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • 10g of Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 30ml Brandy
  • 1 tbsp of finely chopped Parsley
  • 50g of Crème Fraiche

Directions

Step 1

Rehydrate the dried Porcini mushrooms with boiling water. It will usually take about hour to rehydrate the dried mushrooms. Once the mushrooms have been rehydrated, squeeze them and slice them finely. Do not throw the liquid away, use it in the soup.

In a saucepan slowly cook the Onion and Button mushrooms in butter until they are tender. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute.

Step 2

Add the Porcini mushrooms, the chopped Parsley and the Brandy; cook for another minute.

Step 3

Pour in the mushroom liquid from the rehydration process and stock, then gently bring back to the boil.

Step 4

Next, remove the soup from the heat and blend it until it has a smooth consistency. At this point you should now season to taste.

Return the soup to very low heat and add the whole Chestnut mushrooms. Simmer slowly until the mushrooms are tender.

While the soup is simmering, melt a little butter in a pan and cook the remaining Chestnut Mushrooms until they soften.

Step 5

To Serve: Pour the soup in a bowl with a dollop of crème fraiche and place a few chestnut mushrooms softened in butter on top.

Tip: At step four while you can use an ordinary blender, a hand held blender is a option. Using a hand held blender makes the job a lot easier because you do not need to remove the soup from its pan while you blend it.

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