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Barscz - {Polish Easter Soup}

This authentic Polish recipe was brought to the United States from Krakow in the early 1900s by Agnes Kravitz, who settled in Northeastern Pennsylvania and passed the "little bit of this, little bit of that" recipe to her daughter Theodosia (Tess) Burke, who in turn passed the love of it on to her own daughter-in-law, of Italian descent, Maria Burke. Maria sent it to me, for which I shall always be grateful.

Courses: Soup
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

1/4 lb 113g / 4ozDark rye flour
4 cups 948mlWarm water
  Condiments Per Serving Bowl
1   Rye bread - torn into bits
1   Hard-boiled egg - chopped
1   Smoked Polish kielbasa - (4" long) - chopped
  Fresgly-grated horseradish - mixed with
  A little vinegar
  Making The Soup
4 cups 948mlWater
1   Egg
1 cup 237mlMilk or buttermilk
1 cup 110g / 3.9ozBarscz - thoroughly mixed
  Before measuring
  Salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

Recipe Instructions

MAKING THE BARSCZ, 5 to 6 days before making the soup: Stir together the dark rye and warm water in an ample container (ceramic is good) and set it aside in a warm place, covered with a towel. I made mine in a big plastic container, covered it with a potholder, and put it on the back of the stove. The kitchen counter is also fine.) Stir once a day. The fermentation and sour smell is a sign that it's getting good. After making the soup, you can decant the clear liquid, refrigerate, and use as a flavoring in other soups.

MAKING THE SOUP: When you're ready to make the soup, bring a quart of water to a simmer on the stove. Beat together the egg and milk, then slowly stir it into the simmering pot. Turn up the heat a bit, let thicken, then slowly pour in the barscz. Stir until it thickens to the consistency of watery oatmeal or runny pea soup. Season well with salt and pepper. It should smell sour.

FINAL ASSEMBLY : When ready to serve, place the bread bits, chopped sausage and egg into each bowl that you're serving. Ladle the Barscz soup over all, then stir in horseradish to taste.

Serve hot to 4 to 6 people on Easter morning...or whenever.

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