Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Source: Germanfoods.org "If you're looking for a soup that perfectly captures the spirit of Valentine's Day, this is it. Cherries have long been reputed to be an aphrodisiac, and the seductive flavor and texture and vibrant color of this soup make it the ideal prelude to any romantic meal. You may use high-quality German cherries in a jar, such as ARO Schattenmorellen, or sour cherries, in this recipe. Instead of sugar, you may wish to use some German cherry syrup to taste."
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ripe black cherries, un-pitted, divided (see note above)
- 2⁄3 cup fruity white wine
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2⁄3 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 grated lemon, juice and rind of
- 1 1⁄4 cups creme fraiche, divided
- 2 tablespoons brandy (German brand, Asbach Uralt)
- Remove the stems and pits from the cherries but do not discard.
- Place one-half of the pits in a clean kitchen towel or freezer bag and crush them with a mallet.
- Keep the other half of the pits intact.
- In a large saucepan, combine the crushed pits, whole pits, stems, wine, cinnamon, water, sugar, lemon peel, and lemon juice.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, and then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve.
- Return the liquid to the pan.
- Stir in 1 cup of the crème fraiche and all but one-quarter of the cherries.
- Allow to simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
- In a food processor or blender, purée the cherry mixture until smooth.
- Refrigerate until cool, and then whisk in the Asbach Uralt.
- Chill until ready to serve.
- Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup crème fraiche atop the soup and garnish with the remaining cherries.