Pear and Watercress Soup With Stilton Croûtons Recipe

Pear and Watercress Soup With Stilton Croûtons Recipes

Ingredients :

1 bunch watercress

4 medium pears, sliced

3 3/4 cups chicken stock, preferably home made

salt and pepper

1/2 cup double cream

juice of 1 lime


1 oz butter

1 tbsp olive oil

3 cup cubed stale bread

1 cup chopped Stilton cheese

Method :
  1. Keep back about a third of the watercress leaves.
  2. Place all the rest of the watercress leaves and stalks in a pan with the pears, stock and a little seasoning.
  3. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Reserving some watercress leaves for garnishing, add the rest of the leaves and immediately blend in a food processor until smooth.
  5. Put the mixture into a bowl and stir in the cream and the lime juice to mix the flavors thoroughly.
  6. Season again to taste.
  7. Pour all the soup back into a pan and reheat, stirring gently until warmed through.
  8. To make the croûtons, melt the butter and oil and fry the bread cubes until golden brown.
  9. Drain on paper towels.
  10. Put the cheese on top and heat under a hot grill until bubbling.
  11. Reheat the soup and pour into bowls.
  12. Divide the croûtons and remaining watercress between the bowls.

Pear and Stilton taste very good when you eat them together after the main course here, for a change, they are served as a starter.

Serves 4 - 6


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