Celeriac, Apple & Kentish Blue Soup
Make the most of seasonal Kentish apples and nourishing root veg with this warming soup recipe from Sophie Richmond...
As summer draws to a close and we welcome the beautiful colours of autumn, tastes start to change and you crave comforting, warming soups. Celeriac might not be the most beautiful vegetable but beneath the rough exterior lies a multitude of possibilities. The wonderfully earthy flavour makes for a rich, creamy and indulgent soup which, when paired with the slight sharpness of Bramley apples, is a winning flavour combination. Mop up every morsel with warm sourdough breadâ€¦ and join is with The Real Bread Campaignâ€™s â€˜Sourdough Septemberâ€™.
- 25g butter (I love Cheesemakers of Canterbury Cowslip Kentish Butter)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 500g celeriac, peeled and diced
- 2 Bramley apples, peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 litre vegetable bouillon
- 200g double cream
- 100g Kentish Blue cheese (see Top Tip)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 75 g hazelnuts, toasted to garnish
- Extra blue cheese & thyme, to garnish
- Wild Bread sourdough, to serve (this one is baked on-site at Macknade!)
- Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large pan set over a low heat and cook the onion for 10 to 12 minutes until softened but not coloured (stir occasionally to ensure it does not catch and burn).
- Add the diced celeriac, apples and thyme and stir well.
- Pour in the vegetable bouillon and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes - or until the celeriac is tender.
- Pour in the double cream and bring back to the boil.
- Transfer to a blender (or use a handheld stick blender) and blend until smooth.
- Pour back into the saucepan and reheat. Crumble in the blue cheese and stir until melted. Season to taste.
- Spoon into bowls and top with a scattering of toasted hazelnuts, crumbled blue cheese and fresh thyme. Serve with slices of warm bread.
This recipe lets the ingredients shine through and I have enjoyed testing it with the incredible range of produce available at Macknade. Head to the delicatessen counter in particular to discover an astounding array of artisan cheeses. I have chosen Kentish Blue which is a young, firm cheese with a moist texture and smooth flavour, but feel free to experiment and use your favourite.
About The Author
Sophie Richmond is a freelance writer and recipe creator from Kent. She recently graduated from UCL with a BA in English and is returning to study for an MSc in Clinical Nutrition. Moving to the countryside at a young age resulted in Sophie developing a passion for sustainable food and quality ingredients. A love of food and cooking is in her blood â€“ as Sophie has cooked alongside her food writer mother since before she could walkâ€¦