Tuscan Honeymoon Soup

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Total Time
25mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
15 mins

I usually won't post a recipe unless someone requests it specifically, but I thought this one was unusual & interesting, and I couldn't find anything else like it on Zaar. It comes from "Flavors of Tuscany" by Nancy Harmon Jenkins. It is described in the book this way: "Traditionally this soup, with its odd mix of medieval spices, was an ancient restorative, intended to pick up the flagging spirits of the bride & groom the morning after their wedding."

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 12 cup dry vin santo or 12 cup dry amontillado sherry wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (to garnish) (optional)
  • 1 pinch sugar (to garnish) (optional)

Directions

  1. Beat together the chicken stock, sherry, honey and egg yolks in a large bowl.
  2. Strain through a fine sieve into a soup pot.
  3. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and set the pot over very low heat.
  4. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, add the butter a tablespoon at a time.
  5. Keep stirring as the butter melts and dissolves into the soup, just as it would with a hollandaise sauce.
  6. Continue stirring until the soup thickens.
  7. DO NOT let it come to a boil or it will curdle.
  8. When the soup is thick, pour into warm soup bowls and serve immediately, sprinkling the tops if you wish with a scrape of nutmeg and a few grains of sugar.
  9. Cook time is an estimate as the recipe does not give it.