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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Irish Soup and Oatmeal Apple Crumble | Family Economics

By Lori

I’ve learned from an Irish friend that soup is a common Irish meal that is easy on the checkbook and freezes/refrigerates well.  Because March means spring will be blooming soon, I thought I would share a recipe for chilled soup that can be refrigerated ahead of time to save you time and money.

Preparing meals ahead can really free up extra time so that you can focus on other tasty treats like Oatmeal Apple Crumble with Whiskey Cream Sauce. Who hasn't enjoyed an apple "crisp," "cobbler," "crumble," or "brown Betty," all of which are among the simplest fruit desserts to prepare.

Chilled Leek and Potato Soup
Ingredients:
• 4 tablespoons butter
• 6 - 8 leeks, white parts only, washed
• 8 potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 5 cups chicken stock
• 2 cups half-and-half
• Pinch of nutmeg
• White pepper, to taste
• 1 cup heavy cream
• Fresh chives for garnish

Directions:
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the leeks and cook until translucent, roughly eight to 10 minutes. Add potatoes, salt and stock and simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Transfer mixture to a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Pour into a large bowl, add half-and-half, nutmeg, and pepper. Cool and then refrigerate.  To serve, stir in cream, ladle into soup bowls, and sprinkle with chives.

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Now for a sweet Irish treat.  A treat that is covered in a cream sauce that is to die for. What separates an average apple dessert from an Irish apple dessert may be as simple as what tops it, so try this with Irish Oatmeal and an inspired dash of Irish whiskey in a lovely cream sauce. 

Oatmeal Apple Crumble with Whiskey Cream Sauce
Ingredients:
• 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
• 1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons quick cooking Irish oatmeal
• 1/2 teaspoons ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and arrange the apples slice on the bottom. 

Combine 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, and flour and work these ingredients into a mixture that resembles coarse crumbs. Add the oatmeal and mix again. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining sugar, butter, ginger, and cinnamon, and add to the oatmeal mixture. Spread evenly over the apples and bake for 40 minutes.

Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce
Ingredients:
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 2 tablespoon Irish whiskey

Directions:
In a small bowl, whip the cream until stiff. Fold in the honey and whiskey. To serve, divide apple crumble onto plates and spoon cream over the top.

To see more recipes with photographic tutorials, go to My Wooden Spoon.

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