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EatSmarter exclusive recipe

Light Asparagus Broth

with Egg Custard

Light Asparagus Broth

Light Asparagus Broth - An ideal starter during asparagus season

97
calories
Calories
1 hr
Preparation
easy
Difficulty

Ingredients

for 4 servings
2 Eggs
3 tablespoons Soy creamer
Salt
Pepper
½ bunch Parsley
1 ¾ pints Chicken broth
4 ⅖ pounds white Asparagus
Sugar
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Kitchen utensils

2 Pots, 1 Small baking dish, 1 deep Bowl, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Brush, 1 Immersion blender, 1 Kitchen towel, 1 Sieve, 1 Roasting pan, 1 Oven rack

Preparation steps

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 1
1

In a deep bowl, combine eggs and soy creamer, season with salt and pepper, and puree until smooth with an immersion blender.

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 2
2

Rinse parsley, shake dry, pluck leaves and coarsely chop. Add to egg mixture.

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 3
3

Brush a small baking dish (about 250 ml or approximately 1 cup) with a little oil. Pour in egg mixture. Place baking dish in a roasting pan and add enough hot water to pan to come 1-2 cm (approximately 1/2 - 3/4 inch) up sides of baking dish. Bake in preheated oven at 150°C (fan not recommended, gas mark 1-2) (approximately 300°F) until custard has set but is still jiggly in center, about 40 minutes.

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 4
4

Meanwhile, combine chicken broth with 500 ml (approximately 2 cups) water in a pot. Rinse and dry asparagus, then trim woody ends and peel outer layer of stalks. Add asparagus trimmings to the broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand to allow flavor to develop, about 30 minutes.

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 5
5

Remove baking dish from the water bath; let cool on a rack until custard feels firm to the touch. 

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 6
6

Meanwhile, slice off tips from 12 asparagus stalks. (Reserve remaining asparagus for another use, such as in a salad.)

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 7
7

Cook asparagus tips in a pot of boiling water that has been seasoned lightly with salt and sugar until crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes. Drain asparagus, reserving cooking water. Rinse asparagus in cold water and drain well.

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 8
8

Line a sieve with a clean kitchen towel. Pour asparagus-flavored chicken broth through sieve into another pot. Add asparagus cooking water as well; keep warm.

Light Asparagus Broth preparation step 9
9

Run a sharp knife around the edges of the egg custard to loosen from baking dish, then invert onto a work surface. Cut into 1 cm (approximately 1/2-inch) cubes. Add warm custard cubes and the asparagus tips to the broth. Serve soup immediately in warmed soup plates.

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