Apparently autumn 2013 will see bumper crops of tree fruit. Apples are one of my favourite foods so when I was given a big bag of cooking apples I wondered if they could be incorporated into a soup.
Of course, I also made some non-soup things. I peeled, cored and chopped some into my slow cooker with a cup of water to make a batch of apple sauce. I froze some of the sauce and we ate the rest on various things: apple & cinnamon porridge, apple yoghurt & even apple weetabix for souper-baby. I didn’t add any sugar and thought it tasted great but you may want some if you have a sweet tooth.
I also baked some apples that I had cored and filled the space with dried fruit, cinnamon and allspice. Make sure you slit the skin around the middle to stop them bursting and sit them in a tray with a little water in the bottom (this turns into a really sticky syrup which is really yummy).
Anyway, after a failed attempt at apple and parsnip soup (too appley!) I chanced upon this simple combination and it was delicious. I hope you like it, let me know!
1 brown onion, sliced
1 large cauliflower, chopped
Apples – 1 large cooking apple & 1 large eating apple (just to add some sweetness), peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 fat clove of garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garam masala
Chicken or vegetable stock (I think THIS one is amazing as I am not organised enough to have home-made)
Fry the onion in a little butter or oil until starting to soften, then add the garlic and cook for a few minutes more.
Add the spices, cauliflower and apple to the pan then add the stock. Bring to the boil and cook until everything is tender, around 15-20 minutes.
Blend to your desired consistency and serve with fresh herbs and/or a swirl of cream or yoghurt.