Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cocoa Soup: National Homemade Soup Day

Today is National Homemade Soup Day.  Last year for National Soup Month (January), my friend Louise over at Months of Edible Celebrations sent me a link to Cocoa Soup. The thickening agent is what makes this a soup and not a steaming hot cup of cocoa. I was amazed to find so many cocoa soup recipes including Black Bean Cocoa Soup. So here are a few recipes to warm you up today.

Icelandic Cocoa Soup, although it uses potato or cornstarch, is not all that thick. Nevertheless, it has a different texture and taste from regular drinking cocoa. Give it a try. The savory Cocoa Black Bean Soup definitely has a different flavor with the addition of the cocoa.

According to the website Gestgjafinn, Sweet Dessert Soups are common in Iceland and Northern Europe. This unusual dessert soup often surprises visitors to Iceland, who will not encounter it at restaurants but may be served it in private homes.

Icelandic Cocoa Soup

3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups water
3 cups milk
1 tablespoon potato starch or 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Pinch of Salt

1 Mix the cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan.
2 Add the water gradually and stir until smooth.
3 Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
4 Add the milk, reheat to boiling point and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
5 Mix the potato starch or cornstarch with a little cold water, stir into soup and remove from heat.
6 Salt to taste and serve.
7. Serve with crushed zwiebacks.

For a fancier version, use 3 ounces dark chocolate (55-75% cacao) instead of cocoa powder and serve soup with whipped cream instead of zwiebacks.

Want something savory?

Black Bean Cocoa Soup with Lime Zest
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1 large carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
3 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth
2 tablespoons DARK cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups canned black beans
grated zest of 1 lime

1. Place olive oil in medium saucepan and add onion.
2. Saute on low heat until onions are caramelized, about 15 minutes.
3. Add garlic, carrots, and celery and cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add vegetable broth, cocoa powder, and cumin. Stir well.
5. Simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Stir in the black beans.
7. Add lime zest.
8. Cook for aabout 20 minutes over low heat.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like the Black Bean version. I could see several different versions. I could add a few pieces of chicken and serve it over rice.

Or leaving out the chicken I could add,some cubed zucchini or instead, plantain bananas.

And as the current craze goes, I could add some precooked chopped bacon.

Thanks for the ideas. Maybe this could become part of the Super Bowl party at my house.