Grandma Marion's Scandinavian Dried Fruit Soup

grandma marion's scandinavian dried fruit soup

Making this delicious and pretty fruit soup brings back amazing memories of Christmases past with my Grandma Marion. My Grandma was Swedish, and she always helped us create a traditional Swedish meal for Christmas Eve. 

For this meal we would work together to create: 

Swedish Meatballs- simmered in beef stock for hours

Potato Salad- studded with hard boiled eggs and radish roses

Swedish Beans-sweet and sour beans

Lefse- A potato flatbread that we would slather with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. 

And for dessert we would have a large selection of cookies and small servings of fruit soup in pretty little bowls. I loved the smell of the cinnamon and the fruit simmering together. It is so delicious and such a holiday dish! 

So, today I share with you this amazing recipe that brings my grandma right back to life, by my side this coming Christmas Eve when I will serve her meatballs, her cookie buffet and her fruit soup. Here's to memories, delicious food and family! 

Grandma Marion's Scandinavian Dried Fruit Soup: 

2 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit: apricots, plums, pears, cherries, cranberries, figs, dates, peaches, etc.

1/2 cup raisins

1 cinnamon stick

3 1/2 cups water

2 cups orange juice

1 1/2 cups pineapple, fresh- cut into chunks

2 tablespoons quick cooking tapioca

1/3 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup honey- or to taste

Thinly sliced oranges to top the soup with

1. In a 3 quart pan, combine the dried fruit, raisins, cinnamon stick, water, and orange juice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer 10 minutes. 

2. Remove from heat and add pineapple chunks, honey, tapioca, and pineapple juice. Let stand for 5 minutes to allow the tapioca to soften. 

3. Return to medium-low heat and cook, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes longer, or until mixture is thickened and fruit is tender but not mushy. 

4. Add thinly sliced orange to hot mixture, barely heating through. Serve fruit soup hot or refrigerate and serve cold. 

I hope you enjoy this delicious and healthy dessert soup! 

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