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Søtsuppe – Scandinavian Sweet Soup

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Dessert garnishes made from rolled cookie scraps.

Cookie floaters lend an extra sparkle to Scandinavian fruit soups and compotes.

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Dried fruit soup, or "Sweet Soup" is a Scandinavian favorite, as classic as Dala horses or Ingmar Bergman. Here's a basic recipe – feel free to experiment with the types of fruit according to your taste and the ingredients you have on hand.

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dried apples, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins or currents
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes, finely chopped
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. pearl tapioca
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 1 cup fruit juice (apple or cranberry or lingonberry, if you can get it)

Preparation:

Bring water to a steady boil. Stir in dried fruit, pearl tapioca, cinnamon stick, and star anise, reduce heat to medium, and maintain at a low simmer for 25 minutes. Stir in fruit juice and heat for a final 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon and star anise.

Sweet soup can be served either warm or cold, as a dessert or snack or breakfast selection.

Quick Tip: Use homemade cookie "floaters" for a sweet finishing touch to this lovely soup.

Yield: 8 servings of Scandinavian Sweet Soup.

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