Cold Peach Soup
This is probably one of my oldest, quickest and easiest recipes to make. It was the first recipe I pasted in my "white notebooks" (that began with three notebooks and now are probably close to a hundred--I'll send a picture of the white notebooks later)
I want to get the recipe out while it is still warm and you can still get peaches. This is lovely for a summer lunch. The cool soup is so refreshing. My grandparents used to eat it out by the pool on warm summer nights. (I should bring some to Granny now that I'm thinking of it.)
This recipe is another classic hit from Brenda and Liisa Grondahl (my aunt and cousin who gave me the Blueberry Muffin recipe that so many of you now love!) Brenda discovered it at The Pantry at the King's Inn in Putnam, Connecticut and worked out the recipe at home. The restaurant is no longer there, but thankfully the recipe continues to circulate among Army Wives around the country. I still remember the very first time I had this. I remember the day, the building, the dining room, what I was wearing. It was such a memorable and pleasurable taste for me. It was the first time I'd ever had a cold soup (even though they do a number of cold fruit soups in Finland.) I've made this at baby showers and bridal luncheons. It became a signature dish for me and I still love it.
I'm posting the original recipe card that uses a combination of canned peaches and fresh peaches. It is the no-fail, five minute version. However, because I'm lucky enough to use the Gerawan's Prima peaches, I can leave the skin on them because the variety doesn't have any fuzz on it. When I make this soup for catered event (which can be served in shot glasses as a tray passed hors d'oeuvres or as an elegant first course) I don't use the canned peaches. I use all fresh peaches. I saute half of them with with either sugar or agave. Then I combine the cooked peaches with the fresh peaches in the blender with some orange juice and lemon juice. The fresh lemon juice really brightens this and makes it pop. But if you don't want to hassle with the sauteing then just use half canned peaches and half fresh peaches and follow the recipe above which tons of people have been making for years.
(I have a professional size blender so this may be too much for a standard home blender, so maybe do just 3 cups of fresh, and 3 cups of cooked and 3/4 cup orange juice.) I was testing this for a vegan group, so used a tiny bit of canola oil instead of butter. If dairy isn't an issue for you, then just use butter (which is what I'll write here)
COLD PEACH SOUP (second version)
(Original recipe on recipe card above that uses a combination of canned peaches and fresh peaches)
8 cups fresh peaches, sliced. (divide them into separate 4 cup batches)
1 tablespoon butter (or oil if making for vegan group)
1/4 cup sugar (more or less to taste depending on how sweet you like it)
pinch of salt (because everything sweet needs a pinch of salt)
1 cup orange juice
juice from two lemons
creme fraiche (or sour cream)
freshly grated nutmeg
Cook peaches in butter and sugar until soft and sweet.
Put cooked peaches, uncooked peaches, orange juice, lemon juice in blender. Blend until pureed.
Cool in fridge.
To serve, place in bowls. Garnish with creme friache (or sour cream) and freshly grated nutmeg. Serve chilled.
Peaches, Watermelon and Blueberries are some of the true tastes of summer for me. I hope this soup helps you enjoy the lingering days of the end of the season.