Augusta's Cold Tomato Soup with Basil Cream
basil, fresh chopped
tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1Early in the day, put the chopped basil leaves in a small bowl.
2Scald the cream in a small saucepan and pour it over the basil; Let steep 1 hour, then strain the cream and chill deeply.
3In a food processor, puree the chopped tomato, stock, milk and honey until very smooth.
4Transfer the puree to a bowl, and season with salt and pepper; Chill deeply.
5When ready to serve, whip the basil cream.
6Ladle the chilled soup into chilled glass cups or stemmed glasses; Dollop each serving with the whipped cream and top with a fresh basil leaf.