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Chilled Basil Champagne Fruit Soup With Madeleines

  • Yield: 6 cups


  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 honeydew melon, seeded, peeled, and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 cup rose brut Champagne, chilled
  • Madeleines


  • Combine the apples, honeydew, water, sugar, orange juice, lemon zest and lemon juice in a 2-quart, heavy saucepan. (The amount of sugar varies depending on the sweetness of the honeydew. If the honeydew is very sweet, use 3/4 cup of sugar, but if it doesn't seem as sweet, increase the sugar to 1 cup.) Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, add the basil to the pan and puree with an immersion blender, or in small batches in a blender (be sure to use caution when blending hot liquids in a blender). Transfer to a clean container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.
  • Stir the Champagne into the soup. Ladle into 6 small chilled bowls, and garnish with additional chopped basil and 2 Madeleines per serving. Serve immediately either as a first course or a dessert.