Summer Berry Soup

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The hardest thing about changing my diet (less sugar, less processed food, more fruit and vege) is that I love entertaining and I set an expectation to deliver at least a 2 course meal whenever I have friends over. I am lucky I started my change in lifestyle just as berries are coming into season as there are some delicious nutritious recipes out there.

Here is a chilled berry soup, which was simply delicious served with some orange creme fraiche. You will need a couple of hours chilling time, so make ahead.

Serves 6

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Ingredients
2 punnets of strawberries
1 packet (600 gms) of frozen raspberries – defrosted (simply as fresh are so expensive, but use fresh if you can get them)
2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
The juice of 1 lemon
1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (Or cream if you were being luscious – I recommend the new Lewis Road Creamery cream)
1 pottle (250 gms) creme fraiche
The juice of one orange
1 tbsp Cointreau
Extra berries to serve

Method
Blend the strawberries, raspberries, honey and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. There will be some pips from the fruit so if you want it silky smooth you could strain the liquid with a coarse sieve at this point (however I didn’t worry) mix through the unsweetened yogurt and pour into serving bowls.
Chill for a couple of hours. Mix the orange juice and Cointreau through the creme fraiche and chill for a couple of hours. When ready to serve dollop the creme fraiche on the top of the soup and decorate with fresh berries and a few mint leaves (if available)

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