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Strawberry & White Chocolate Passion Fruit Soups With Mixed Berries Muffins

Strawberry & White Chocolate Passion Fruit Soup

I’m usually all about the crunch. The giving crunch of toasted almonds on top of a bowl of vanilla ice cream. The flaky crunch of a pie crust as it gives under your teeth only to reveal a soft and creamy interior. The soft crunch of a handful of walnut inside a piece of brownie. Give me crunch.

I’m the one you’ll find grabbing a couple of carrots in the fridge as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Best crunch ever. I hear people do that when stressed: crunch the stress away. It’s indeed a physical translation of working through things. As long as I stick to carrots and not piles of cookies… But I need soft, creamy and smooth just as much as anyone else.

Strawberry & White Chocolate Passion Fruit Soup

When it seems like the tempest is over and things have actually been dealt with, I am, on the other hand, the first one to reach for something soothing, soft and creamy. A sudden sigh of comfort and peace of mind. Some thick yogurt topped with a spoonful of honey. And more recently a mix of tart strawberry and white chocolate passion fruit soups drizzled on perfectly ripe and soft local strawberries.

I am not expecting much of my strawberry plant beside pretty flowers. It’s not me but the crazy hungry rabbit hanging out by the house. He’d better not go for my radishes…I just planted those! However strawberry season is in full swing here at the farms! After picking a few baskets the other day I know I’ll be returning to grab an insane amount for strawberry jam making.

Gluten Free Mixed Berries Muffins

This dessert is directly inspired from one found months ago in Elle A Table researching recipes including white chocolate. I like it because it is a bit of an odd ball in the dessert category. Is it to slurp on, drizzle with, mix together, eat separately? Do you pour it on ice cream, tarts? Do you dunk a cookie in it? Or two?

I loved the flavor combination of both. The lemony strawberry soup was the perfect counterpart to the sweet white chocolate soup using coconut milk and passion fruit. I ate the strawberry soup mixing little spoonfuls of the white chocolate one in it. Perfect like this. I also drizzled the white chocolate soup over some freshly cut and super ripe strawberries. Simple and comforting.

Strawberry & White Chocolate Passion Fruit Soup

To round things up though, I made a batch of gluten free coconut and strawberry muffins and another one with blueberries only. Saucing the bottom of the soup glasses with a half muffin? Just about toe curling worthy. The combination of the three worked wonders for my peace of mind, ahaha!

It reminded me of a couple of fruit soup recipes I had made in the past and enjoyed very much then. A strawberry soup with apricot tea cakes and a watermelon soup with thin slices of toasted blueberry pound cake.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Strawberry & White Chocolate Passion Fruit Soup

Strawberry and White Chocolate Passion Fruit Soups with Mixed Berry Muffins:

Serves 8-10

For the white chocolate soup:
12 oz white chocolate
1 cup passion fruit juice
one 14-oz can coconut milk (full fat)

Place the white chocolate in a non reactive bowl and set aside. In a large saucepan set over medium high heat, bring the passion fruit juice and coconut milk to a strong simmer. Pour on top of the white chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk the mixture together until smooth and creamy. Divide among ramekins, glasses, jars, etc…Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating.

For the strawberry soup:
1 pound of strawberries (if you are in France use mara des bois)
zest and juice of one lemon
dash of vanilla extract

Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Divide among ramekins, glasses, etc… Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the mixed berries muffins:
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup yogurt
3/4 cup olive oil
zest and juice of a lemon
1 cup millet flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup berries of your choice (whole raspberries or blueberries, cut strawberries, blackberries, etc…)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the inside of muffin tins with paper muffin cups and grease those with melted butter or cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and the eggs until pale. Add the yogurt, olive oil, lemon zest and juice and whisk until blended. Add the flours, baking powder and salt and mix until the batter is smooth. Don’t worry too much about some lumps. Fold in the berries with a spatula carefully. Divide among the muffin tins and bake about 25-30 minutes until golden brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Serve both soups together with more berries and a few muffins.

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Anonymous April 1, 2011 um 4:15 pm

Beautiful! Berries are just starting to come in season here, and I picked some up this week. Thanks for the ideas!

Laurie Jesch-Kulseth April 1, 2011 um 4:15 pm

Those look delightful — perfect for breakfast or a snack! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

Michelle Stiles April 1, 2011 um 4:28 pm

Spring! Berries! Color, light, fresh.

Rocky Mountain Woman April 1, 2011 um 4:34 pm

lovely choice!

The strawberries are just wonderful in the market right now…

Vimitha Durai April 1, 2011 um 4:39 pm

Thats a yum combination and wonderful clicks

Ruth April 1, 2011 um 5:42 pm

It's mother's day here this weekend, so you may have provided dessert for Sunday! Thanks! πŸ™‚

Marina Mott April 1, 2011 um 7:09 pm

Marvelous pics and great recipe!! xx

Averie April 1, 2011 um 8:05 pm

Helene, so beautiful and wonderful looking!

Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

jenn from midlife modern April 2, 2011 um 12:24 am

What a gorgeously colorful spread! I've never had any kind of fruit soup, but may have to give this strawberry version a try. It's so purty!

Leigh April 2, 2011 um 1:11 am

WOW! What amazing color! If you ever need dishes washed and crumbs eaten, I'm your gal!

muppy April 2, 2011 um 1:24 am

The white chocolate and passionfruit sounds very interesting. Our strawberry plants look amazing but our dog always eats the strawberries!

Easy peasy organic April 2, 2011 um 2:12 am

I love love love the idea of sweet soups. How perfectly romantic!

Easy peasy organic April 2, 2011 um 2:12 am

I love love love the idea of sweet soups. How perfectly romantic!

Ashley April 2, 2011 um 2:26 am

Beautiful as always! This makes me so excited for summer!

Amanda April 2, 2011 um 2:28 am

Great recipe and beautiful pictures!

cindy* April 2, 2011 um 3:57 am

that first photo is just so dang delicious! i have never tried making a fruit soup (or white chocolate for that matter) before…these sound so lovely for warm weather.

Gen April 2, 2011 um 8:15 am

Hum, les fraises signent l'arrivΓ©e des beaux jours! Les photos sont magnifiques et elles mettent de la bonne humeur dans ces jolis petits muffins!

Gen April 2, 2011 um 8:15 am

Hum, les fraises signent l'arrivΓ©e des beaux jours! Les photos sont magnifiques et elles mettent de la bonne humeur dans ces jolis petits muffins!

Filippa H. April 2, 2011 um 8:48 am

Lovely! Always so beautiful pictures, and wonderful recipes.

Lea April 2, 2011 um 12:56 pm

Woah, the muffins look so delicious and colorful on the inside!
And: we have the same glasses, those "striped" ones. Never saw them anywhere else πŸ™‚

Vicki Bensinger April 2, 2011 um 2:01 pm

Your photos are so amazing. I really wanted to make it to the FoodBloggers Convention in Orlando just so I could learn some photography tips from you.

Sally – My Custard Pie April 2, 2011 um 3:12 pm

I am of such an advanced age that I remember having milk at school everyday. It came in little bottles similar to the ones in your picture. Thanks for the trip down memory lane (beautiful pictures as usual).

Emily April 2, 2011 um 3:27 pm

Wow, that looks so good! The pictures are just beautiful, too πŸ™‚

scrumptious days April 2, 2011 um 5:01 pm

Gosh! Beautiful photos, and lucky you, here in England we have to wait for fresh, local Strawberries until June! Jude

Holly @ Recipes from a Normal Mum April 2, 2011 um 7:12 pm

I could be persuaded to step away from the crunch for this…

Unknown April 2, 2011 um 7:26 pm

Such gorgeous photos as always πŸ™‚ Looks delicious, too! Albertson's had some strawberries on sale yesterday, I'll have to run over and grab some.

The InTolerant Chef β„’ April 2, 2011 um 9:51 pm

What an interesting combination of textures and styles, and how much fun to 'mix' it up to suit each individual too.

yummy supper April 3, 2011 um 5:03 am

Dessert soup – this I have never tried. Your photos are hunger-inducing as always!

Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 3, 2011 um 6:49 am

I am so excited for spring and…BERRIES!!

dashes of happy April 3, 2011 um 8:28 am

Great recipes and wonderful pictures! I love the colors :).

Ellie @ Kitchen Wench April 3, 2011 um 1:46 pm

Looks absolutely divine! I like the idea of combining passionfruit with white chocolate – I'm guessing the tartness of the passionfruit would help balance the sweetness of the white chocolate? πŸ™‚

Zielenina April 3, 2011 um 6:21 pm

beautiful pictures, as always πŸ™‚ We, in Poland, have to wait about two more months for strawberries, buuu πŸ™‚

Isa April 4, 2011 um 1:30 am

Beautiful pictures as always! It makes me feel like spring might eventually make its way to frozen Minnesota where the snow is finally melting. Hélène, what can I substitute for coconut flour? My celiac pantry is full of everything but that. I'd love to try these mouth watering muffins!

El April 4, 2011 um 2:23 am

They look delicious!

Helene April 4, 2011 um 3:07 am

Isa: really any other flour that is gluten free even ground nuts if nut allergies are not a problem.

M I K A E L A April 4, 2011 um 11:36 am

it looks delicious!

Le Heirloom Tomato April 4, 2011 um 5:33 pm

wow those strawberries look go tasty!!! I will try this as soon as find strawberries as good looking and fresh as yours!!!

Melissa April 4, 2011 um 6:46 pm

These photos are beautiful! I really like the vertical shot of the table with the muffins & bottles. I was wondering what lens you used to take it? Thanks!

Brian Samuels Photography April 4, 2011 um 7:04 pm

Nothing beats the soothing smell that fills our house on the weekend when we make muffins. A gorgeous post!

Jenn @ I am woman, watch me cook April 4, 2011 um 8:58 pm

This makes me ache for summer!! Damn Canadian winter!

marla April 5, 2011 um 3:18 am

White chocolate soup?? Think I would drizzle that all over everything including my steamy bowl of oatmeal. xo

Rochelle April 5, 2011 um 2:30 pm

I love crunch in my foods too, but I agree that smooth silky soft textures are great πŸ™‚ They all have a place in the food world.

The idea of fruit as a dessert soup sounds soooo good! Gorgeous photos too, makes me want to get to the store and grab some colorful berries and get to work in the kitchen πŸ™‚

Selah Davenport April 5, 2011 um 4:16 pm

These sound heavenly! Love the idea and really think my kids would love this too! That's why I always come to you for inspiration!

Janice Harper April 5, 2011 um 6:37 pm

The white chocolate sauce sounds fantastic, I can imagine it spooned over a key lime tart as well. Be sure to use a high quality white chocolate (Guittard or Green & Blacks are good) to get the best flavor. Would be delicious w/ a sparkling dessert wine such as Prosecco.

Susan April 5, 2011 um 9:26 pm

I'm always looking for a way to sneak chocolate into my life and this seems to fit the bill in the form of a soup. The gluten free strawbery muffins sound scrumptious too.

Unknown April 5, 2011 um 10:43 pm

Three words: YUM, YUM, YUM. Excited to try these recipes!

SMITH BITES April 6, 2011 um 2:37 am

Helene ~ I would bathe in either!!! This is just so gorgeous, makes me want to head to the kitchen instead of heading to bed!!

pansy April 9, 2011 um 6:53 pm

hi helen, i love the straws you've been using lately =) can u please share where we can find them? The ribboned ones are gorgeous and i'm loving the the white and red spotted ones too!

Kathleen Garber April 12, 2011 um 2:18 am

Thank you for the amazing pics and recipes!! I always love recipes that have pictures and yours look equally yummy! Can't wait to start trying them πŸ™‚

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