August 12, 2011

Appelsiinikeitto - Orange Soup


I am noticing an increasing amount of light flooding through my windows. This can mean only one thing - it's soon time to plant new seedlings in my kitchen garden!  Poor thing has struggled and suffered through the winter, but in a couple of week's time I feel safe to start planting and growing again.

In the mean while, I am making the most of what is left of winter's bounty. Especially oranges that have been in abundance this year, as apparently it has been a good season for the Aussie orange growers. If you have spare fruit, and about 10 minutes spare time, you can make a quick and light dessert with those oranges. These sweet soups are probably one of the most common desserts in Finland - or at least they used to be when I was a kid. You can make them with almost whatever fruit you have in season, like berries or rhubarb, and they are an ever-so-light finish to any meal. You could  of course enjoy them with your morning porridge, or have as a light meal too. 

Right now I can't think of anything better than a big bowl of orange goodness.


Orange Soup
(serves 2-3)

500 ml cold water
3 tablespoons potato starch
400 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 raw honey
juice of 1/2 lemon

1. Whisk the water and the potato starch in a saucepan. Bring to boil, whisking continuously (you don't want any lumps!)

2. Once thickened, turn off the heat and whisk in the orange juice, honey and lemon. Serve immediately.



38 comments:

  1. I can imagine this soup with a scoop of premium vanilla bean ice cream - nice treat in summer too. Simple but delicious. PS love hearing about recipes from your home land.

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  2. I grew up with this kind of dessert, perhaps a bit thicker but loaded with seasonal fruity goodness :)

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  3. This soup is really tasty! Have a great weekend!

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  4. This sounds like a nice cheery way to kick off the day!

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  5. I've never heard of Orange Soup, but it looks fantastic! I'm loving all the oranges that are around at the moment too. They are such a gorgeous fruit.

    I love your photo of the daisies. So beautiful.

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  6. So you realise that Panu's going to arrive back here and except Finnish dishes to be produced instantly, right? ;)

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  7. This looks like the perfect cure for some people in the thick of winter!

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  8. I've never had a sweet soup before (except a strawberry gazpaco once...but that was more savoury with a sweet after-taste). Anyway, this looks really good! I've got a whole bunch of oranges sitting in the fridge, and I've got absolutely nothing to do with them, so this looks like a great idea.

    A quick question though - where can you buy potato starch? I've looked for it for another recipe a while ago, but I couldn't find any (I live in Australia too, if that's any help...though quite a bit north from you!)

    P.S Your beautiful photos, especially the one of the daisies, absolutely made my day! They're so wonderfully cheerful!

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  9. While you think about summer planting I am looking at what to plant for winter! Diane

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  10. ive drank orange juice on millions of occasions but orange soup is totally new to me! looks so bright and healthy

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  11. This looks delicious! The colour is so vibrant - and all that goodness - who could resist?

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  12. Nuo kuvat antavat oikein energiaa,niin iloisen värisiä ovat! Kiva appelsiinikeitto:)

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  13. This is the first time I hear about orange soup. I have to cook it. It looks absolutely gorgeous. The colour is killing. So fresh, so sunny. Marvelous :-)

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  14. So fun! Having never seen this soup before and seeing how lovely it is, I am bookmarking this for a fun project!

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  15. What a beautiful sunshine-y bowl of soup. I've never heard of this but I love hearing about Finnish traditional meals. I'm struggling with my herb pots here but due to the heat instead of the cold.

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  16. Oh- this has sparked off a whole school of ideas. I haven't had a sweet soup since a rhubarb one I had once at Pier. I think I need to rectify that (and as an aside- god those photos are beautiful).

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  17. A perfect soup for winter--it is like sunshine in a bowl!

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  18. Oh how beautiful and refreshing! Perfect soup for these hot summer days we are having!

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  19. That looks so interesting! I've never had anything like this, but it looks delicious, and such a pretty color. I love how bright and spring like your pictures are :D And your tablecloth goes so nice with that soup, perfect colors.

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  20. I remember similar soups when I grew up in Germany. We made them with whatever fruits were available but I have never had it with oranges. Can't wait to it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  21. I love the idea of a fruit soup for dessert. And I really love how much Finnish food you're introducing me to!

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  22. Wow I'd never think to have orange in a soup! It's so bright and cheery I bet you're really excited that spring is round the corner, while we're trying to make the most of summer over here ;)

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  23. You have made me feel spring has sprung! I too went around my herb pots and meagre garden beds yesterday, and made my list of necessities! I think my Mom sat me in front of the rhubarb version of this a lot of times, but I'll try it with orange tomorrow. On the Southern Highlands I too can't always access potato starch, but it seems widely available in Sydney stores, so it's a case of 'pretty please' to friends . . .

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  24. This is my first time seeing orange soup! So interesting.

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  25. Beautiful colors--This orange soup looks scrumptious!

    Hugs,

    Aldy.

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  26. I have never seen orange soup till now; looks fabulous and such a pretty hue!

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  27. I grew up in Citrus Country in Florida and am such an orange girl! Never made soup with it yet, though and this one looks not only easy but so delicious!

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  28. This looks so fresh and delicious! When winter comes and the oranges are yummy again in Sweden I am definately giving this recipe a go.
    Have a luvly weekend!

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  29. So cheerful! I love citrus and look forward to trying this recipe.

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  30. I have never thought of soup as dessert, what a lovely idea. This just sounds so bright & fresh.

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  31. What a great morning kick! I've never had orange soup before but it sounds fab :)

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  32. Beautiful! It will give me such happy feeling when I sit on this table!

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  33. this is vibrant in both appearance and flavor, to be sure. it's so unique and clever--nice work, maria!

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  34. Days are getting shorter here. And it is time to move my plants indoor. I will definitely need this soup to fight those gloomy days.

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  35. A little bowl of sunshine!! This has cheered me up immensely on this cold wet friday!

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