Creamy Mushroom Cappuccino, a healthy French champignon soup made without cream and with a delicious touch of coffee. Serve in coffee cups and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder for the best effect!
Want to take this mushroom soup to the next level?
Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche with truffle and the most fun mini mushroom and truffle savoury macarons.
French Mushrooms (Champignons de Paris)
When I first bought mushrooms at the market in France, I was surprised to see how they were sold with such large stalks and earthy feet. They were totally different to the pale, pre-packaged mushrooms presented in cellophane punnets looking as clean as a button in supermarkets. While we can get the latter in our French supermarkets, why would I pick these if I can get the freshest, tastier ones at the local market for the same price?
I prefer using Parisian, cremini or portobello (giant cremini) mushrooms since I find they have more flavour than the normal white button mushrooms.
French Apéritif or Pre-Drinks Fun Teaser Dish
Have you tried savoury macarons? In France, they’re great as an apéritif – my favourite part BEFORE the meal that’s just so French. However, served with a mini coffee cup, this makes the best little amuse-bouche or teaser before the entrée, (starter or appetizer).
This mini serving of a mushroom cappuccino guarantees surprises at the table. Especially as the extra touch of coffee is a delicious surprise. Added with French mini mushroom and truffle macarons, you’ll have them laughing! I love seeing guests’ faces when I serve this.
What wines to serve with mushrooms? Serve with Champagne or a white wine from the Jura, an Alsatian Riesling or a fruity, almost honey-like Chenin blanc.
Mushroom Cappuccino – with Coffee
I call this a mushroom cappuccino as it’s served in a dinky little coffee cup. What’s more, it has coffee in it! Inspired by a starter of creamy mushroom soup in Brittany recently, the chef added a hint of coffee to the soup. Who would have thought that mushrooms and a subtle hint of coffee could work so well?
From a few experiments with this recipe, I recommend adding coffee granules – and at the end of cooking. For this quantity, I suggest two teaspoons but taste it for yourself and see, as it may need a touch more. It’s entirely up to your taste but the secret is to have just enough to taste it but create the intrigue.
Creamy French Mushroom Soup – without Cream
The soup is so healthy. Before I made this recipe without any milk or flour. However, the end result left a slight wateriness to it. I felt it needed a creamier texture – without the cream. So, by using the same method used for the Crème Dubarry (French cauliflower cream soup), I make a roux to create a creamy texture and gradually mix it into the soup.
I use a little milk to make a liaison with a roux of butter and flour but apart from that, there’s no cream in it. However, if you’re not afraid of cream, add a small dollop of crème fraîche with a little truffle oil (or truffle shavings if you have them).
Finally top with a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Van Houten 100%) – as this completes the cappuccino look. I use crème fraîche to make this quickly, but if you prefer frothing up some whipped cream (crème fleurette, 30% fat), then this will have a more authentic look.
Mushroom Cappuccino Recipe
Cremini Mushroom Cappuccino
- 600 g (1.25lb) mushrooms cremini or Parisian champignons
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 50 g (2oz) butter
- 1 litre (1.75pints) vegetable stock (or chicken stock for non-vegetarians)
- 25 g (2 tbsp) plain flour
- 50 g (2 fl oz) whole milk (or half fat)
- 2 tsp soluble coffee
- 1 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream (optional)
- 1 tsp truffle oil
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
- In a large, high-sided pan, cook the onion over a medium heat in half of the butter without browning for about 5 minutes. Remove the onion from the pan, throw in the chopped mushrooms and sauté them until they give off all their liquid. Return the cooked onion to the pan.
- Add the stock and leave to cook on the lowest heat uncovered until the liquid reduces by at least a quarter for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a small saucepan, prepare the roux. Melt the butter and, using a balloon whisk, whisk in the flour for about 5 minutes until the mixture looks creamy. Quickly add the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens. Whisk in some of the hot liquid from the soup then add to the bigger pot.
- Blend the soup using an electric mixer or hand blender. Season to taste plus add the coffee granules, stirring to dissolve.
- Optional: stir the truffle oil into the crème fraîche then add a mini dollop on each serving.
This post was originally published 24 September 2012 but text is now updated to include better images and an added roux and coffee in the recipe.