Friday, October 16, 2009

Chai Spice Pumpkin Soup with Apple

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4 cups pumpkin puree ( you can use canned (2) or roast and blend your own pumpkin)
4 cups chicken broth
1 small onion chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of chai spice (recipe following)
1 apple, preferrably a hard, tart apple
salt to taste

If you are roasting your own pumpkin: Roast pumpkins cut side down in a 425F oven until softened. When you press on the pumpkin it should depress quite easily.

Saute onion in vegetable oil until soft. Add pumpkin and broth and let simmer for twenty minutes. Add chopped apple and chai spice. Cook fifteen minutes more. Blend all the ingredients and return to pot. Add salt to taste.

Chai Spice Blend

2 tsp cinnamon (ground)
2 tsp green cardamom (ground)
2 tsp cloves (ground)
1 tsp ginger (ground)
1 tsp coriander (ground)
1 teaspoon white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar to stoe. Stir small amounts into tea or use in recipes.


LittleRed said...

I have often ordered a good pumpkin soup in restaurants....but never made one myself. This looks yummy!

giz said...

Great job Lori - first of all the soup looks amazing and also another $20 goes to Children's Meals with the World Food Programme!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great cause and yummy sounding recipe.

Katy ~ said...

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And speaking of good food, this soup looks dee-lish. so seasonal and beautiful!

Grace said...

bloggeraid is a terrific endeavor--good for you for joining up!
awesome soup, too. apples and chai spices are about as perfect as apples and cinnamon alone, and i'm sure the soup is all the better for it!

Mary said...

What a wonderful endeavor. Your soup is just awesome.

Screamin' Mama said...

Wonderful contribution to a great cause. Looks delicious!

Fresca said...

This recipe is perfect timing: yesterday I baked a butternut squash with no idea what I was going to do with it. Then today I bought apples at the farmer's market.
And now, this Sunday evening, here is a way to combine the two.
What a nice gift! Thank you.

And bloggeraid too!

Lauren said...

Wow. This sounds delicious =D. I love anything with pumpkin, but adding apple just makes it that much more amazing.

Ingrid said...

I wanna live next door to you. That way I really don't need to extend myself trying to make these recipes which intrigue yet scare me. I could just wonder over for "chats" around mealtimes.

Did you see the whole game? I finally turned the game off at the bottom of the 13th! If only I would have waited another minute or two but I HAD to go to bed. The twins had baseball and one of them needed to be up 7:30!

I didn't say (didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings or discourage anyone else who is trying to get over yeast) but while the butterhorns looked good, they were kinda dry. It was noticeable after they cooled. I think I added too much flour during my patting out and rolling of the dough but I had to it was sticky and after all that flour it was STILL sticky. All that said I'm gonna stick with it and bake my babies some cinnamon rolls.

kat said...

oooooooh, I just bought pumpkins to make soup today & love chai spice!

Donna-FFW said...

Gorgeous color on this soup. I love how it sounds and the homemade chai spice, so making this.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

I love pumpkin and this recipe sounds really promising. Gotta get myself a nice pumpkin first though! :)