Chilled Cherry-Plum Soup
from The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest
Preparation Time: About 20 minutes to prepare, plus time to simmer
Yield: 5 to 6 servings
Brace yourself for a
stunningly colorful soup!
You can make this up to a day in advance. The seasonings intensify
the longer it sits.
NOTE: Frozen cherries work
very well here. The bonus is that they come already pitted. Defrost
them first, and use about 3 cups.
1 1/2 pounds ripe red or purple plums
1 pound pitted dark sweet cherries
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 to 2 tablespoons honey (to taste)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 cups buttermilk or yogurt
A drizzle of buttermilk
Fresh mint leaves, torn or minced
Thin slices of kiwifruit
- Pit and coarsely chop the plums. Place them in a medium-sized
saucepan with the cherries, salt, and orange juice. Heat to
boiling, then turn the heat down to very low. Cover and simmer
about 5 minutes.
- Add ginger and mustard. Cover and simmer 15 minutes
- Remove from heat; stir in honey and orange zest. Let cool to
room temperature, then puree in a blender or food processor.
Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid, cover, and chill
until very cold.
- Whisk in the buttermilk or yogurt just before serving. Top each
bowlful with a swirl of extra buttermilk, a scattering of fresh
mint leaves, and thin slices of kiwifruit.