Recipe and photo courtesy of Bistro Jeanty
Cream of Tomato Soup in Puff Pastry Serves 6
1/2 cup butter unsalted
1/2 lb. yellow onions sliced
6 ea. garlic cloves
1 ea. bay leaf
1 tsp. dry thyme leaves
1/2 tbl. black peppercorns
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 1/2 lbs. tomatoes, ripe, cored, quartered
1 cup water (no more– use only if tomatoes are not ripe/juicy)
4 cups heavy cream (can sub half and half for dietary purposes)
2-4 Tbl. additional butter
salt to taste
1⁄2 tsp. white pepper
1 lb puff pastry or store bought sheeets
1 egg- beaten with 1 Tbl. water.
Melt the 1⁄2 cup butter in a large stockpot over medium-low heat. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns; cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Do not let the onions color. Add tomato paste and lightly “toast” the tomato paste to cook out the raw flavor the add tomatoes, and water if needed. Simmer over low heat for 30-40 minutes, until the tomatoes and onions are very soft and broken down.
Puree by passing through a food mill. A food mill works best however you may use a blender in batches or a handheld immersion blender until finished, the strain. Return the soup to the pot. Add the cream, salt, white pepper and remaining butter to taste. Bring soup to a simmer the remove from heat. Allow the soup to cool for two hours or overnight – in the refrigerator.
Divide the soup among six 8-ounce soup cups or bowls. Roll out the puff pastry to 1/4 inch. Cut into 6 rounds slightly larger than your cups. Paint the dough with the egg wash and turn the circles, egg wash side down, over the tops of the cups, pulling lightly on the sides to make the dough somewhat tight like a drum. Try not to allow the dough to touch the soup. These may be made up to 24 hours in advance and covered with plastic in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Lightly paint the top of the dough rounds with egg wash with out pushing the dough down. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the dough is golden brown. Do not open the oven in the first several minutes of cooking as the dough may fall. Serve immediately.