Summer Solstice & Cherry Soup recipe
Category: Puttering Around The House
| Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:18 pm
Saying today is the first day of summer is a joke really. This is mid-summer, but then that would put the beginning of Autumn around the first of August and everyone who lives in the southern U.S. knows that the first of August means we are only 2/3 of the way thru summer.
Summer begins around the first of May, the second 1/3 begins on Solstice, the last 1/3 begins around the first of August....some years we do have a fourth 1/3 that begins around Sept 21 (autumnal equinox)...of course last year the fifth 1/3 of summer for us began on Dec 21 (winter solstice) then we went into spring and quickly into summer again.
Anyway, getting back to the Cherry Soup. It really is a dessert and is really a great way to celebrate mid-summer.
2 1/2 pounds of pitted dark,sweet cherries (fresh if you can find and afford them, but I use bags of frozen)
4 cups of water
1/4 cup of either honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
juice of 1 lemon
Whipped cream or yogurt for topping. (we use chocolate redi-whip)
Put cherries, honey/maple syrup and water in saucepan , bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes
Cool to room temp.
Place all in blender with lemon juice and process until smooth adding more sweetner if needed. Chill thoroughly, serve in pretty bowls, top with a dollop of whipped cream or yogurt.
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