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Spiced Cherry Soup

Ingredients

Flavor Sachet

  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 grated lime rind
  • 1 grated lemon rind
  • 1 grated orange rind

Soup

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, pitted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Garnish

  • 8 sprigs mint

Instructions

  1. Flavor Sachet: Place cinnamon stick, star anise, clove, and citrus zest in middle of a 4 inch square cheesecloth. Bring corners together to form a pouch and tie securely. Set aside.
  2. Soup: Combine the cherries, 3 1/4 cups of water, and sugar in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add flavor sachet. Cover and let stand 2 hours to blend and bring out the flavors.
  3. Remove sachet from soup. Pour soup into food processor and blend until smooth. Strain through large sieve into a large bowl.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
  5. Garnish: Serve with garnish of mint sprig.

Yield: 8 servings

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