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Calvados-Laced Squash Soup With Cinnamon And Bay Leaves

Dollops of cinnamon-flavored sour cream top this luscious soup.

Courses: Soup
Serves: 12 people

Recipe Ingredients

6 lbs 2724g / 96ozButternut squash - (abt 2 very large) - halved lengthwise
4 tablespoons 60mlOlive oil
2 tablespoons 30mlUnsalted butter - (1/4 stick)
2   Onions - chopped
2   Cinnamon sticks - broken in half
2   Bay leaves - broken in half
1 teaspoon 5mlCoarse salt
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlFreshly-ground black pepper
1/2 cup 118mlCalvados (apple brandy)
  = (or brandy)
4   Low-salt chicken broth - (14 oz ea)
1   Evaporated milk - (12 oz)
1/4 cup 59mlSour cream
1 tablespoon 15mlWarm water
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround cinnamon

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with aluminum foil. Brush squash flesh with 2 tablespoons oil. Place on prepared baking sheets, cut-side down. Roast squash until very tender, about 1 hour. Cool 20 minutes. Remove seeds. Scoop out 6 cups squash pulp and transfer to large bowl (reserve any remaining squash for another use).

Melt butter with remaining 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Saute until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Add Calvados and simmer until almost all of liquid evaporates, about 1 minute. Discard cinnamon stick pieces and bay leaves. Add mixture to squash in large bowl and stir to combine. Working in batches, puree squash mixture in blender with chicken broth and evaporated milk until smooth. Strain into same pot, pressing on solids in strainer to extract as much liquid as possible.

Mix sour cream, 1 tablespoon warm water, and ground cinnamon in medium bowl to blend. (Soup and cinnamon cream can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool soup slightly, then cover and refrigerate. Cover and refrigerate cinnamon cream.)

Bring soup to simmer. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish each with dollop of cinnamon cream and serve.

This recipe yields 12 servings.

Source:
Bon Appetit, November 2002

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