Sweet strawberry-Madeira soup
Makes 2 cups (4 servings)
Here’s a great idea for something surprising and unusual to serve during the weekend or for a Valentine’s Day treat. For a festive presentation, swirl hot fudge sauce across the surface of this chilled soup. Sometimes I use it as the first course to launch a meal, but it’s equally delightful as a dessert.
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup plain yogurt
¼ cup Madeira or other fortified semi-sweet white wine
1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
Sprigs of fresh mint for garnish
Puree all the soup ingredients, except the garnish, in a blender until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetening.
Refrigerate in a covered container until chilled, at least 3 hours, before serving.
Garnish the servings with mint sprigs.