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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sweet Potato and Orange Soup

The combinations of soups are virtually endless.  Here is a recipe for one that is always popular when we put it on the menu.  Fantastically warming on a cold winter's day.

Here's what you need for 6 portions;  50 g butter, 50 g plain flour, medium onion, 2-3 medium sweet potatoes (peeled & chopped), an orange, couple of stock cubes, salt & pepper to season and about 1.2 litres water.

Ok let's cook;

1) melt the butter in a pan with the chopped onion and sweet potato.  Once the butter has melted and the onion is starting to soften, stir in the flour.  Stir to make sure everything picks up the flour and also to prevent burning the flour.

2) add the water in 3 -4 stages.  Each time you add water stir the pan to incorporate everything.  As it heats it will thicken.  Squeeze the juice from the orange into the soup and put the orange halves in to cook with the soup.

3) add seasoning and bring to the boil.  Allow to boil for about 15 minutes.

4) remove the orange halves before blitzing the soup, check the consistency (add more water if needed) and check the seasoning.

5) serve with a swirl of cream and some fresh crusty bread.