Kiwi and Blackcurrant Soups
Hot ways to serve fruit during the winter months.
These two soups could be desserts and one of them even has wine included in the recipe – Save that one for the grown-ups maybe!
Cold Kiwi Fruit Soup with White Wine
1 pint / 600mls / 2½ cups of sweet white wine
4-5 tablespoons of caster sugar
4 whole cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
4-5 tablespoons of maple syrup
5 kiwi fruit
4fl oz / 125mls / ½ cup of whipping cream
Few sprigs of mint to garnish
- Put the wine, sugar, cloves and cinnamon n a pan and bring to the boil
- Remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup. Leave to cool then strain.
- Peel the kiwi fruit, cut a few slices and reserve for garnish.
- Sieve the remaining fruit to remove the seeds.
- Beat the puree into the spiced wine with the cream. Chill
- Serve the soup decorated with slices of kiwi fruit and sprigs of mint.
The next one is alcohol free!
Blackcurrant Soup with Apples
12oz / 350 g / blackcurrants
2 medium sized cooking apples
3 oz / 75g / ⅓ cup of sugar
Strip of lemon rind
1 stick of cinnamon
18 fl oz / 500 mls / 2¼ cups of water
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
Little extra sugar
- Wash the blackcurrants and place in a pan with the sugar, lemon rind, cinnamon and water.
- Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the fruit is soft
- Press the soup through a sieve, discarding the lemon rind and cinnamon stick.
- Make up to 1¼ pints / 750mls / 3 cups with more water if necessary
- Peel, quarter and core the apples. Cut into slices and place in a pan with the fruit soup and lemon juice.
- Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes.
- Blend the cornflour with a little cold water, add to the soup and stir until thickened.
- Simmer for a further 5 minutes and add extra sugar to taste.
Serve hot or cold
P.S. If you’re thinking about growing blackcurrants and/or apples there are some easy to follow downloadable guides on this page: Mini Guides and before you go, I’d like to share this gorgeous book that’s currently on my wish-list but you can also find it on Amazon!
Fruit: Recipes that celebrate nature
“This is a beautifully designed and sumptuously photographed cookbook which shows how seasonal fruit harmonizes and enhances myriad vegetable and meat dishes.”