Castilian Cream of Artichoke Soup

Castilian Cream Of Artichoke Soup

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Servings: 4
Calories: 370


  • 4 very large or 8 medium-sized globe artichokes
  • 1 pint beef stock
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 oz butter
  • 2 oz plain flour
  • 9 floz milk
  • 2 1/2 floz double cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • salt and freshly ground white pepper

serve with:

  • croutons


  • Heat the stock and prepare the artichokes. Prepare the artichokes, stripping off all the leaves and removing the choke. You will only be using the bottoms for this recipe.
  • Drop each artichoke bottom into a bowl of cold water acidulated with two thirds of the lemon juice as soon as you have prepared it to prevent discoloration. Drain and slice. Place these slices in a wide non-stick frying pan, add 5 fl oz (150 ml) of the stock, cover with a lid or foil and poach for 10 minutes.
  • Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan; stir in the flour and cook over a low heat, stirring continuously, for 1-2 minutes. It should not colour. Draw aside from the heat and keep beating vigorously with a balloon whisk or hand-held electric beater as you gradually pour in the hot stock, adding a little at a time.
  • Return to a gentle heat, add the artichoke slices and their cooking juices, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • When the artichokes are very tender, beat with a hand-held electric beater or put through a vegetable mill. Stir the milk into this puree and reheat to boiling point. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
  • Beat the egg yolks and cream together briefly in a small bowl with a pinch of salt and a little freshly ground white pepper.
  • Gradually beat in 2 tbsp of the hot soup. Take the saucepan containing the boiling hot soup off the heat; pour the slightly thinned egg and cream liaison into the soup in a very thin stream, beating continuously.
  • Return the saucepan to a very low heat and keep stirring as the soup thickens slightly. It must not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in some of the remaining lemon juice.
Calories: 370 kcal
Carbohydrates: 32 g
Protein: 12 g
Fat: 23g
Saturated Fat: 14 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 160 mg
Sodium: 497 mg
Potassium: 860 mg
Fiber: 8 g
Sugar: 6 g
Vitamin A: 886 IU
Vitamin C: 29 mg
Calcium: 177 mg
Iron: 3 mg
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