Jefferson Adams is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. His poems, essays and photographs have appeared in Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, CALIBAN, Hayden's Ferry Review, Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review, and Slate among others.
He is a member of both the National Writers Union, the International Federation of Journalists, and covers San Francisco Health News for Examiner.com.
Fruit soups offer a perfect way to beat the summer heat, make use of delicious, abundant summer fruit, and turn a few corners in the kitchen, all at the same time. This recipe turns peaches, wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, yogurt, and cream into a delightful, aromatic soup that is sure to turn a few heads along with those corners.
4 lbs. chopped peeled fresh peaches (organic, if possible)
1 cup (8 ounces) whole milk plain yogurt (plus extra dollops as garnish)
2 cups fresh heavy cream
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup peach schnapps
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash of curry powder (optional)
black pepper, as desired
Mint sprigs as garnish
In a large mixing bowl, blend white wine, lemon juice, peach schnapps, sugar, mint leaves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cream until sugar is dissolved.
Add peeled, sliced peaches, and gently move mixture into a saucepan. Reserve and dice an extra peach to add at the end.
Cook in saucepan on medium heat for 15 minutes, until peaches are soft, making sure to stir often and lower heat as needed to avoid scalding the cream.
Remove from heat when peaches are soft.
Allow mixture to cool down before blending.
Once the mixture is safely cool enough, add yogurt, and blend until completely smooth. Cover, and refrigerate until well-chilled and ready to serve. Add diced peaches before serving, with a dollop of yogurt, or whipped cream on top, with mint sprigs as garnish. Top with pepper or curry powder, as desired.