Oct 202010
pumpkin soup

Silesian Pumpkin Soup

Earlier we did not take the recipes of my aunt Agnes serious. She and her recipes from Silesia! The German word is "Schlesien". But the food was yummy and especially the soups for fall and winter. They are hearty and warming; I call them soups for the soul!  That's the time when the fall wind is blowing, the days are getting shorter, and the mornings frosty. Then the wind is carrying the smell of pumpkin soup into our warm homes.
This recipe is old and traditional and comes from Silesia, a part of Europe that belonged to Germany but since 1945 it has been a part of Poland. On the map you can see that it is surrounded by Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. This was a little historical overview but here is the unique recipe for the pumpkin soup, which you will love!

Silesia map
 500-750 g pumpkin meat
1/2 l water
1 small Cinnamon stick
lemon juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves
1/4 l milk
40 g flour
20 g butter, salt, 1 pinch sugar

Cooking Instructions Silesian Pumpkin Soup
- Cut the pumpkin meat into small cubes.
- Put the pumpkin pieces into a cooking pot, and with the water and the spices, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and boil it for about 10-15 minutes, or until the pumpkin is soft.
- Drain the pumpkin meat through a sieve, remove the spices, keep the water!
- Puree the pumpkin with a mixer or mash it with a wooden masher.
- Mix the flour into the milk and add it to the mashed pumpkin.
- Bring it to a boil; you will see that it became thicker because of the flour.
- Let it boil on low heat for another 10 minutes and add the remaining pumpkin cooking water, the soup should not get too thick nor should  it stick to the bottom of the cooking pot.
- Add the butter and let it melt.
- Add the lemon juice, salt, and sugar. If you like it sweeter, add a bit more sugar.

Happy Halloween!



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