Roast love apple soup (gluten-free; dairy-free; vegan)

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Roast love apple soup. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

Something pretty to calm the nerves after all the spooky goings on this week, and also a recipe to help take the chill away – it’s been much colder here since last weekend.  Love apple is a much nicer name for a tomato, and this recipe combines tomatoes with apples, fresh sage and bay leaves to give a refreshing sweet/savoury flavour, and there’s a pinch of hot paprika for some warmth.

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Home-grown love apples. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

I’m all for making life in the kitchen as simple as possible, so the main ingredients are baked in the oven, on a tray, first. This allows you to do the preparation one day and then whizz up the cooked veg to make your soup the next. If you have a glut of tomatoes and apples, the baked mixture freezes fine for soup, so you can keep bags ready-prepared in the freezer.

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Home-grown Flamingo tomatoes. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

I used fresh tomatoes for the recipe because I have so many at the moment. I have made the recipe with canned tomatoes, but as these have already been cooked, you will notice a slightly different flavour and the soup will be more intense in colour. My cooking apples are quite mild, so you may need to play around with the sugar content if you are using a more tart variety. Eating apples work well too, but again, do a taste test to make sure that you don’t overdo the sweetness.

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Heart-shaped tomato. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

I made some heart-shaped croutons to serve with my soup. Just pieces of seeded, gluten-free, sliced bread cut out with cookie cutters and shallow-fried in olive oil. Simple but delicious. To add another tangy twist to the soup, try drizzling the top with balsamic glaze (a sweet syrup made from grape juice and balsamic vinegar), or extra virgin olive oil for richness.

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Making heart-shaped gluten-free croutons. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

Ingredients

Serves: 4

  • 400g cooking apples
  • 500g ripe tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A few sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp. caster sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • ¾ to 1 tsp hot paprika
  • Balsamic glaze, fresh sage and gluten-free croutons to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, 170°C  fan oven, gas 5. Peel, core and roughly chop the apples. Halve the tomatoes. Peel and slice the onion.
  2. Spread out the prepared fruit and veg on a large baking tray. Drizzle with the oil, poke in the herbs, then sprinkle with sugar, salt and pepper. Cover the tray with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, stir and cook for a further 10 minutes, uncovered, until tender and soft At this point, you can leave everything to go cold and then keep refrigerated (or freeze) until ready to cook the soup.

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    Roasting tomatoes and apples. Images: Kathryn Hawkins
  3. When you’re ready to make the soup, discard the herbs and put the cooked fruit and veg into a blender or food processor along with 150ml stock. Blitz until smooth then pour into a saucepan and add the remaining stock and paprika to taste. Adjust seasoning as necessary.
  4. Heat through gently, stirring, for 4-5 minutes until piping hot. Ladle into warm soup bowls and serve with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, fresh sage and croutons.
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    Ready to eat. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

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    Real love apples? Image: Kathryn Hawkins

9 thoughts on “Roast love apple soup (gluten-free; dairy-free; vegan)

  1. More and more tempted to move to central Scotland! But then you will need to have your garden on video surveillance — I might want to sneak in at night and help myself to your beautiful fruit and vegetables, Kathryn! 😄
    I love tomato soup. It is forever associated in my mind with my very first evening in an English home at the age of eleven — like Harry Potter upon his arrival at Hogwarts, there was something magical about everything! If I can still find tomatoes at the market this afternoon I will definitely try it.
    I also looked at your pear pecan maple pie. Very tempting: you know how to make your desserts so pretty 👏! Thank you 😊.

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    1. Good morning Joëlle. Thank you for you lovely comments. I agree with you about tomato soup, it has to be the most comforting of all soups and like you, reminds me of my childhood. This week I was food styling soup as part of my job, and the consensus of opinion in the studio was that canned tomato soup was the “turn to” flavour in times of need – there is an advert here in the UK, that says it is a “hug in a mug” 🙂 Have a good weekend, and I hope you find those tomatoes!

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      1. Hello Kathryn, well I did find tomatoes and we had the soup last night. The kitchen smelled really good while the fruit, vegetables and herbs were cooking in the oven! My husband, who doesn’t particularly like puréed soup, didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. His mom’s always had diced vegetables and often beans too, and that has always been his reference! I thought the sage and hot paprika added an interesting touch to this sweet soup. So thank you again!

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