Apples – sauce, pudding and soup

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!

Ingredients:

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)

ignore the turmeric, it didn't make it into the final soup!

ignore the turmeric, it didn’t make it into the final soup!

Instructions

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.

Apple & cauliflower soup

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