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    Chilled tomato, almond & olive oil soup

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 6-8 minutes
    • Total time: 21 minutes

    Serves: 4 as a starter

    Ingredients

    100g blanched whole almonds
    100g good quality white bread, crusts removed, torn into chunks
    2 x 300g packs No.1 Red Choice Tomatoes
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    150ml 100% Spanish extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
    2 tbsp sherry vinegar
    Ice cubes, to serve  (optional)
    ½ x 55g pack No.1 Hand Carved Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, roughly shredded
    Few small leaves flat leaf parsley, to serve

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Put the almonds on a small baking tray and toast in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until just golden. Remove and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, put the bread in a bowl, cover with 200ml cold water and set aside to soak.

    2. Juice the tomatoes on setting 4 in the blender jug. Add the almonds and garlic and pulse a few times.  Squeeze any excess water out of the soaked bread then add it to the blender. Cover and pulse again until smooth and creamy. Season generously.

    3. With the blender running, slowly pour the olive oil through the hole in the lid, followed by 100ml iced water and the vinegar. Adjust seasoning and vinegar to taste, adding more water if needed. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.   

    4. To serve, stir well, then ladle into bowls (with a few ice cubes, if liked). Drizzle with more olive oil, then top with freshly ground black pepper, the jamón Iberico and parsley.

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    Cook’s tip This soup can also be served warm. Transfer to a saucepan and heat gently until hot – do not allow to boil. Garnish and serve as above.

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