Sunday, December 27, 2009

Apricot and Mulled Wine Fruit Soup

Hope you've all had a lovely Christmas with lots of delicious food! We celebrated the Christmas Eve (the main event in Estonia) with a large traditional meal at our home, and we've also had several other festive dinners over the last week. I'm now ready for some non-Christmassy food, though there are still some festive recipes I'll post over the next week.

First up is a simple fruit soup (kissel) that I made last Christmas.

You'll need a carton of light non-alcoholic glögg for this - I'm pretty sure your local Scandinavian store or IKEA food isle serves something suitable.

Apricot and Mulled Wine Fruit Soup
(Jõulune aprikoosikissell vahukoorega)
Source: Finnish Valio
Serves 6

1 litre of light (non-alcoholic) glögg or mulled wine
250 g dried apricots
3-4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp potato starch or cornflour

Heat glögg and apricots in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat, covered, for about 30 minutes, until apricots are softened. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
Mix potato starch or cornflour with couple of spoonfuls of cold water, stir into the fruit soup. Bring just to the boil (when using potato starch) or cook for a few minutes (when using cornflour), stirring.
Remove from the heat, divide between dessert glasses and let cool.

Serve with some softly whipped cream (or a vegan substitute).


Alanna Kellogg said...

Book it, Dano! (That's American TV 1980s era code for 'bookmarked'.) xxoo

Graphicemotions said...

Greetings from Italy

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!


Katrina said...

so glad you've posted this Pille! I'm actually planning a dinner party based around old pre-revolution Russian dishes, and Kisel was promising to be my dessert. probably you find corn starch gives very similar results to potato starch?

ChichaJo said...

looks lovely pille! hope you are having a happy holidays! :)

Tiina said...

Hehe, I read your post and thought what an interesting recipe, never heard of glögg used in a fruit soup, and then I noticed that it is a Valio recipe! :) Cannot say that this version of fruit soup is something typically Finnish, but, boy, it must taste good! I definitely want to keep this in mind for later.

Happy New Year!


Pille said...

Alanna - you should like it :)

Graphicemotions - thanks.

Paz- happy holidays to you, too! Px

Katrina - I've posted a recipe for cranberry kissel in January 2008 (as well as raisin kissel in March 2009 and there's also a rhubarb kissel somewhere). I don't find much difference in the kissel thickened by cornstarch vs potato starch - the first leaves a slight cloudiness, but I don't mind that.

ChicaJo - we had a lovely festive period, thank you!

Tiina - I use lots of Finnish and Swedish recipes when cooking, and yes, Valio is an excellent source for ideas ;)

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Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe. Every New Year , I try something new in my kitchen. I wanted to try something new for this time too to treat my family and friends with. This will be a real treat!