May 17th, 2017
Recipe by: Ontario Apple Growers
FOR THE SOUP: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
In a large bowl, add sweet potatoes, apples, cinnamon, chilli pepper and oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir until well combined. Line baking sheet with parchment or foil. Spread potato and apple mixture evenly on baking sheet and place in preheated oven. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally, until apples and sweet potatoes are golden and tender.
In a large pot over medium-high heat, add butter and melt completely. Add chopped onions and thyme and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes or until onions are tender and lightly golden. Add roasted potato and apple mixture, milk, and water. Decrease heat to medium and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Once simmered, remove the chilli and thyme sprigs and discard. Purée soup with a blender or hand blender until very smooth. Just before serving stir in cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
FOR THE SPICED WALNUTS: While the soup is simmering, heat a small frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of butter and let melt completely. Add thyme sprigs, cinnamon, cayenne, walnuts, salt and pepper. Continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until walnuts are golden and fragrant.
Serve soup piping hot with a garnish of warm spiced walnuts.