4 1/2 cups

Savor the sweet, tart hint of apple flavor in this velvety smooth, brilliant red soup. A drizzle of heavy cream and a few Cinnamon-Sugar Croutons make it dessert, good warm or chilled.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together cranberries, 3 cups water, and cloves in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.

Step 2

Strain cranberry mixture through a wire-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter into a bowl; set aside. Meanwhile, combine apple and cinnamon sticks in saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until apple is very soft. Drain; discard cinnamon sticks.

Step 3

Process apple, 1/2 cup reserved cranberry liquid, and orange rind in a food processor until smooth. Return apple mixture to saucepan; stir in remaining reserved cranberry liquid and sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring often.

Step 4

Stir together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture into soup. Cook 2 minutes or until soup is slightly thickened. Serve warm or chilled.

Step 5

Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle cream into soup; gently swirl cream with a knife. Top with Cinnamon-Sugar Croutons.

Step 6

Note: You can chop cranberries easily by pulsing them 3 or 4 times in a food processor.

Christmas with Southern Living 2001

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