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Maple-Roasted Parsnip Soup    HT  SP  65mins

Serves 4      Hot     Vegetable   Vegetables  Soups    Gluten Wheat free  Eggless

25g/1oz Butter
450g/1lb Parsnips, peeled and diced
˝ Onion, roughly chopped
1 Carrot, diced
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
2 teasp freshly chopped Thyme
Salt and Black Pepper
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
1L/35fl.oz. Fresh Chicken stock
120ml/4fl.oz. Cider
4tbsp Double Cream


1. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 7, placing a shallow baking tin containing the butter in the oven for the last 5 minutes of its pre-heating.

2. Add the parsnips, carrots, onion and garlic to the melted butter in the baking tin, toss to coat and roast for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Add the thyme, salt and pepper mix well then drizzle the maple syrup over the top and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes until the vegetables have caramelised.

4. Transfer all the roasted vegetables to a large saucepan together with the stock, bring to the boil over a medium heat, mixing well, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Add the cider to the pan, mix well then transfer the soup into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

6. Strain back into the rinsed out pan through a fine sieve, bring back to simmering point.

7. To serve – transfer to soup bowls and swirl a little cream into each bowl. Serve hot.





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Blend - To mix together ingredients, usually of different consistencies, to a smooth and even texture, utilising a utensil such as a wooden spoon or blender.

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Allow to cool, cover and refrigerate


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