Polish Cherry Soup – Zupa Wisniowa

Growing up on the farm, my dad has fond memories of this soup from cherry season, featuring the fruit freshly picked off the tree. Though it’s not exactly the same as my Polish grandma’s, Dad says it’s “just as he remembers” (and he’s a terrible liar, so I’ll take that as a positive sign!). You can also serve it cold, with or without the noodles.

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Polish Cherry Soup - Zupa Wisniowa

5 1/2 cups pitted fresh sweet, ripe cherries, divided
2 cups water
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 sheets lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions (I use Tinkyada)

Put 4 cups (960mL) of the cherries and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender or transferring to a food processor, puree until mostly smooth. Stir in the lemon juice. Set aside. Add the remaining cherries to the mixture, pressing with a fork to slightly mash. Cut the lasagna-noodles width-wise into 3/4-inch strips. Stir them into the soup. Serve at room temperature or cold.

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Chocolate Cherry Fudge Pops

Starting with a pudding base, these rich fudge pops shine with a chocolate-cherry combination that everyone is sure to love. You can buy molds for under $2 at the grocery store.

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Chocolate Cherry Fudge Pops

  • Servings: 6 to 8 pops
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2 cups nondairy milk*
1/3 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sweet cherries, pitted and finely chopped

Whisk the nondairy milk, agave nectar, and vanilla extract together in a medium saucepan. Add the cornstarch and cocoa powder; whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil on medium heat, then reduce to a simmer, whisking often, for 2 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the cherries. Let cool 10 minutes, then pour into the ice pop mold. Chill completely, at least overnight. To serve, run hot water on the side of the mold to loosen.

*For the nondairy milk, I used unsweetened coconut milk beverage in the carton. Almond milk is a great option, too.

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