With the cold weather I always crave a nice hearty soup to drive away the cold, this is a classic.
Pumpkin Soup with Croutons
1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled & diced
1litre vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
45g cold unsalted butter, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 chunk of Turkish bread, diced
A handful of fresh continental parsley, finely chopped
200ml creme fraiche
Place pumpkin, stock, sugar & bay leaves into a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer on medium heat for 20mins.
While this is happening, heat a frying pan till it is hot, then add butter, garlic, bread & parsley. Toss till crisp and golden.
Remove bay leaves from saucepan, then blend mix till nice and smooth. Return to the saucepan and simmer till it is quite thick (approx 5mins). Add creme fraiche and bring to the boil.
Season with some black pepper, serve into bowls and then add the croutons. This makes enough for hubby, bub and myself to all have a generous serve. Enjoy.