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Recipe

Chilled Fruit Champagne Soup With Crystallized Ginger

Ingredients

  • 2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 ripe yet firm peach, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup Extra-Dry or Demi-Sec Champagne
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

Directions

  • In a 2-quart heavy pot, combine the apples, peach, water, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, 1/4 cup mint leaves and lemon zest. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to mediumlow and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and puree with an immersion blender, or in batches in a blender. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Transfer to a clean container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.
  • Stir the Champagne into the soup. Ladle into 6 small, chilled bowls, and garnish each with a teaspoon of mint and a teaspoon of chopped crystallized ginger. Serve immediately, either as a firstcourse or a dessert. Yield: 1 quart: about 4 - 6 servings