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Friday, November 13, 2009

Almond Soup

(Badem Çorbası)

Almond Soup
3/4 cup almond, blanched, grounded
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup flour, all purpose
1 cup whole milk, warm
2 1/2 or 3 cups beef broth
1 pinch nutmeg
Salt
Pepper

Garnish:
1 tsp butter
1/4 cup beef broth
1 handful pomegranate

Melt the butter in medium sized pot. Add the flour, stir and slowly pour the warm milk in it while stirring constantly. The milk and flour should blend very well. You can use an egg beater. Then add the almond, beef broth, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook for about 20-25 minutes on low heat. Do not cover the pot with the lid!

Melt the butter in a small pan and add 1/4 cup beef broth in it. When it starts bubbling, add the parsley and pour all over the soup.

Place the soup into the bowls, sprinkle some pomegranate on the tops. Serve immediately while still warm.

4 servings.

5 Comments:

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely soup!

Cheers,

Rosa

 
At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi binnur
this soup sounds good
i'm thinking about toasting the almonds after bleaching to get rich flavur but i want to ask uou first befor trying it.
and what about the history of this soup do have an idea ?
thanks
candy

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Candy,
The original recipe has 1/4 cup bitter almond to give the intense flavor to
the soup. But I couldn't find it here:) You can of course use toasted almonds :)
One of the sources tells it was made for the Ottoman Sultan at Edirne Palace at 1539.

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger shayma said...

i love this soup. wish bitter almonds were available readily. beautiful photo, too.

 
At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi!!
It sounds great! I am from South Spain ( Malaga) and we have a drink made with almonds (ajoblanco): basically it is a blend of cool water, garlic, oil and salt...then you can add chopped apples and paprika. It is to be drunk in summer.
Bitter almonds are not used for this coz they are not good for many people and they are said to be dangerous. We use sweet new almonds ( when thay are not totally ripped).

 

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