Wash and peel the peaches, cantaloupe and apricots. Wash and hull the strawberries and set aside the 4 nicest ones. Peaches and apricots peel more easily if you dip them in boiling water for a few seconds before peeling. Try not to lose any juice from the fruit. Put half of the fruit into the bowl of a food processor and puree. You could also use a food mill for this. Put the pureed fruit into a bowl and add the apple juice concentrate, an equal quantity of water, the juice of the lemon and of the lime, the mint flakes, a sprinkle each of cinnamon and nutmeg, and half of the yogurt. Whisk together well. Add several glugs of sherry and honey to taste. (It shouldnt be very sweet, a couple spoonfuls should do it.) Put the rest of the fruit in the food processor and pulse until well chopped but with recognizable chunks of fruit still visible. Put this into a different bowl and mix some of the first mixture into it so the fruit doesnt turn brown. Put both bowls in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. When youre ready to serve, divide the chunky fruit into 4 soup bowls. Fill each bowl almost to the rim with the soup. Pour the grape juice concentrate into a creamer or small pitcher and carefully pour two concentric circles of grape juice into each bowl. Take a chopstick or similar sized utensil and draw it through each bowl several times alternating from the center to the edge and from the edge to the center, lifting the chopstick after each stroke. This should turn the rings of grape juice into sort of a zigzag pattern. Stir up the remaining yogurt well and put a little mound of yogurt into each bowl. (The yogurt will probably sink. Put more in until you get a mound!) Slice the 4 reserved strawberries thinly and surround each mound of yogurt with strawberry slices. Top each mound of yogurt with a flower and get ready for the oohs and ahs. You can substitute any fruit that you want, but use strong tasting fruits like pineapple in moderation or they will take over the soup. Bananas are nice; cherries are wonderful but impossible to peel. Plums and other fruits with very mild flavors tend to get lost in the shuffle. The juice concentrates can be replaced with regular juices; vary them if you like, also. Theres an apple-pear-grape juice combination thats delicious as the base and cranberry juice is nice as the contrasting color. Or, use a darker juice for the base and something lighter in color like orange juice to make the rings. Cherries or mint leaves make attractive garnishes. NOTES: * Fresh fruit soup -- This is a simple, delicious soup, perfect for a hot summer day. It is based upon a recipe in "The Moosewood Cookbook" by Mollie Katzen. This describes what emerged last time I made it; vary any or all of the ingredients freely. Ive included some suggestions at the end. * Of course you dont have to go through all the special presentation work, but it really doesnt take that much time and it makes the result into something special. Doing the fruit in two steps is strictly optional; if youre not going to make the ring pattern you may as well just process it all at once and stop before its completely pureed. : Difficulty: moderate. : Time: 20 minutes preparation, 30 minutes chilling, 10 minutes presentation. : Precision: no need to measure. : Paul Asente : Stanford University : email@example.com decwrl!glacier!cascade!asente : Copyright (C) 1986 USENET Community Trust Posted to MM-Recipes Digest by "deborah kuhnen"
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (274g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 5 (4%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0.5g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.1g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.2g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 9.6mg||0 %|
|Potassium 334.8mg||9 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 37.3g||11 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.2g||13 %|
|Sugars, other 34.2g|
|Protein 1.3g||2 %|
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Calories per serving: 142
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