It must be a busy time of year for food bloggers. Most of the food blogs I follow don't seem to be posting much these days—myself included. My life at the moment is crazy-go-nuts, and things probably won't ease up until the end of the school semester. I have actually done some baking though. For two recent birthdays at the office, I made a tres leches cake and a cream cheese and raspberry coffee cake. However, the problem was that I didn't have time to take a decent photo of the desserts let alone sit down at a computer to write a blog entry about them. I'll get around to adding those two recipes to the blog eventually.
But now, I'm back.
Thumbing through my Cooking Light cookbook, I found this recipe for peach soup. I wanted to make it for several reasons. First, I love fruit soups. They remind me of Europe. I don't know why fruit soups aren't more popular here in the US. Second, the recipe called for a vanilla bean. I'm sorry to admit it, but I have never used a real vanilla bean although I've seen it done many times on TV. And finally, I had a bag of amazingly wonderful Utah peaches that needed to be used.
This soup was very easy to prepare, even the vanilla bean part. The aroma of the house while I was roasting the peaches was true aroma therapy. After I took the peaches out of the oven, I took a bite. Yum!! One of these peach halves served with a scoop of ice cream would make a fantastic dessert. Katie and I loved the soup, and I now want to invite some people over for dinner and serve it as the first course. Katie and I did find out, however, that we like a larger dollop of the cardamom cream than what the recipe calls for. Next time, I may double that part.
Before all the peaches are gone, give this soup a try. Share with friends; they'll think your so continental.
Vanilla-Roasted Peach Soup with Cardamom Cream
From Cooking Light Cookbook
- 3 good sized peaches, halved and pitted
- 2 Tbsps. sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 1 ½ Tbsps. honey
- 1 ½ cups orange juice
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sour cream, fat-free works well
- ⅛ tsp. ground cardamom
Combine sour cream and cardamom. Ladles soup into bowls, and top with cardamom cream. Yield: 4 servings.