Simple Party Soups + Baked Apple

It’s another two-fer French Friday today!  I made two French Fridays with Dorie recipes this week:  Christine’s Simple Party Soups and Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts.

Simple Broccoli Soup

Christine’s Simple Party Soups are a trio of simple vegetable soups: asparagus, broccoli, and red pepper.  The technique is the same for each soup.  Simply simmer the vegetables in chicken broth until tender, then puree and season with salt and pepper.  Serve the soups with a dollop of flavored whipped cream and you are good to go!

Rather than trying to tackle all three soups, I chose to make just the broccoli soup.   As advertised, it was very simple to make.  The cream was flavored with curry powder, which I felt added a very nice flavor.

I served the soup with grilled cheese sandwiches for a simple weeknight meal.  We liked the soup, but probably not enough for me to make it again.

Baked Apple with Fruit & Nuts

Some of you may recognize this apple from my previous photo challenge!

Simple was the theme of the week.  Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts are an easy-to-make dessert, perfect for a cold night.

The apples are filled with the cook’s choice of dried fruits and nuts mixed with honey.  Add a little butter and some apple juice for moistness and you are ready to bake.

Apples out of the oven

Fresh from the oven!

These baked apples can be served with any number of creamy topping, such as heavy cream, yogurt, or vanilla ice cream.  I decided to try the unwhipped cream, which was very nice with it.

I like this one better than my husband did.  He thought it seemed more like a snack than a dessert.  These would be great with vanilla ice cream!

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10 responses to “Simple Party Soups + Baked Apple

  1. Two-fers are a good way to go. I love grilled cheese with soup! I made all 3 soups and was home alone this week, so I didn’t really eat anything with the soup, just ate soup, soup, soup!

  2. You were busy this week making two recipes. I only made the broccoli soup and it was good. The baked apples were a hit at my house. Hope you have a nice weekend:)

  3. trevorsisboom

    Quite a few Doristas paired these with a grilled sandwich was a great idea. I still have to do the apples. Yours look amazing.

  4. Yum! I will need to pair the soup with a grilled cheese sandwich next time.

  5. The apples were definitely in the breakfast/snack category for us.
    Your soup has such a vibrant color!

  6. The grilled cheese is a perfect pairing with the broccoli! We must have been on the same wavelength this week – my 2-fer was the same and I used curry with the broccoli too!

  7. Perhaps I would have liked these soups better if I’d paired them with grilled cheese! I really enjoyed the apple, though.

  8. Yay for two recipes!! You did great! 🙂 We didn’t love the apples too much, I feel like it needed a heavier syrup or something … oh well, it was nice to eat anyways! 🙂

  9. Great job knocking out two recipes. As well as picking broccoli as the soup to try, as that was my favorite. Not a reflection on the soups – I just prefer broccoli to pepper or asparagus. (hubby got those). Love the bright color green of your soup. I need to re do the apple recipe since I actually managed to misread and mess it up. Unbelieveable.

  10. Great minds think alike! We went with grilled cheese to accompany the soup too!
    Fortunately, everyone liked the apple – which made me happy, because that is my kind of dessert!

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