Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, and Chile de Arbol

SOUP BLISS

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup
Dried Apricot, Cherries, and Raisins
Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol, Creme Fraiche, Chive Blossoms

Come. Come closer. Look. Look deep into my soup… Experience the hypnotic quality of curry. Let dainty chive blossoms enchant you, let the smoky hot chile de arbol ignite your passions. This is no ordinary soup. It has the power to transport …to soup nirvana.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple – peeled and sliced
  • 1 shallot – sliced
  • 1 t. olive oil
  • 1 t. curry powder
  • 10 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1/2 c. creme fraiche
  • salt to taste

Pumpkin Apple Soup Recipe

In a medium soup pot, cook apple and shallot in olive oil until soft. Add curry and cook for another minute. Add pumpkin and vegetable broth, bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly then blend until smooth. Add creme fraiche and blend again. Season to taste with salt.

This soup can be served immediately – hot. Or refrigerated overnight, letting the flavors meld – and served cool. I actually prefer the cool version.

Chile de Arbol

Chile de Arbol

Break open chiles de arbol and shake out the seeds. In a small saute pan, cook chiles in olive oil over medium high heat until the chiles start to turn dark. Remove from heat but let the chiles sit in the oil to continue to flavor the oil. When the oil/chile mixture comes to room temperature, remove the chiles with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Reserve the oil for the soup garnish. Drain the chiles then chop into small pieces.

Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

fruit, nuts, and chile

Chop dried apricots and dried cherries into smaller pieces. Toast pine nuts in a small dry pan until golden. Toss nuts with raisins, apricots, cherries and chile de arbol flakes.

Soup Garnish

how to garnish soup

Place chile de arbol oil in a squeeze bottle.

Mix creme fraiche with a small amount of water to achieve a runny consistency. Place in a squeeze bottle.

Ladle soup into bowls. Dot with creme fraiche. Use a skewer or any pointy tool to spread the creme fraiche in a pattern. Add dots of chile oil.

Soup Bliss

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Sprinkle the fruit, nut, chile mixture over the soup. Finish with Chinese chive blossoms.

Chinese chives in bloom

The Chinese chives in my garden are in bloom right now. The edible flowers have a definite garlicky-oniony flavor. In addition adding a touch of whimsical beauty, the savory flavor harmonizes with the sweet dried fruits in this soup.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Enjoy soup nirvana…

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Fall Fest

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featuring pumpkin

Fall Fest is a season long franchise where Food Network editors team up with bloggers to share recipes about everyone’s favorite Autumn fruits and vegetables. Be sure to check out the Pinterest Board with over 100,000 followers called Let’s Pull Up A Chair! And if this Pumpkin Apple Soup Bliss got you in the mood for all things pumpkin, you might enjoy taking a peek at other fall recipes from some fabulous bloggers below…

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36 comments • Filed in: Meatless

36 Responses to “SOUP BLISS ~ Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol”

  1. Queen Sashy says:

    I just stumbled upon this dish and it is such a bliss, for all senses…

  2. Medha says:

    This would be the most beautiful looking soup I ever came across! Truly brilliant presentation- great work!

  3. Jackson says:

    This is truly DELICIOUS
    I can’t wait to make again… the coolness of the creme fraiche, the heat of the chili … all goes so well together.
    I may try to add some brown butter to the top of the soup as well next time

    • Lori Lynn says:

      Jackson – thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that you enjoyed my recipe. You made my day.
      Ooh, brown butter sounds like a nice addition!
      LL

  4. mjskit says:

    I am definitely making this soup! You definitely took Pumpkin soup to a whole new level! Absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Brava! Stunning, simply stunning.

  6. i am at a loss for words! this is gorgeous!
    xx

  7. Jessie says:

    This looks soooooooooo wonderful. I like the big white plate, too. This looks like a soup that we can eat at a very high-quality restaurant. The decoration is amazing.

  8. This soup is beautiful! I love the chive blossoms. Fun doing Fall Fest with you :)

  9. You have turned one of my favorite soups into a true work of art.

  10. Simona says:

    Very nice, Lori Lynn. Pumpkin and winter squash go well with many spices and other flavors and you chose a great combination. The surface decoration is just lovely.

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  12. This looks so decadent and amazing! Perfect for cold winter days!

  13. upstartktichen says:

    Looking good! I use garlic chive blossoms a lot as well!

  14. Beverly says:

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. I wish I had Chinese chives in my garden, I love the look of the blossoms on the soup. What a gorgeous presentation.
    Do you discard the chile seeds?

    • Lori Lynn says:

      Hi Bev- how are you? Yes I discarded the seeds, the chile is hot enough without them. Stop by again and check out the pancake with the chive blossoms, it’s so pretty.
      Miss ya, LL

  15. Daniela says:

    Sounds like a very tasty variation of the classic pumpkin soup.
    A true pleasure for the eyes and for the taste buds too :)

  16. Oh wow love all these flavors and the soup is just goooorgeous!

  17. Lori Lynn, that is simply stunning. Thank you for not only a beautiful recipe but an exquisite presentation. I’ll be trying your presentation techniques at home :)

  18. Joan Nova says:

    I know the soup tasted good but its the finishing touches and presentation that really sells it. Thanks for sharing your modus operandi.

  19. Marie says:

    Magnificent LL! You never cease to amaze me, the flavors sound out of this world!

  20. What a gorgeous soup! It’s almost too pretty to eat!

  21. Just an absolutely beautiful presentation; if it tastes half as good as it looks I would be a happy girl.

  22. FA says:

    Love the autumn color of the soup; love your use of the chive blossoms and chili oil; love that you’re enjoying your new Le Creuset pot!

  23. Gorgeous presentation Lori Lynn! I’m loving the chive blossoms scattered across the dried fruit and nut rubble.

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