Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon grape seed or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 4 inches Ginger, peeled and chopped (40g)
  • 5 cloves Black garlic, whole
  • 1 clove Garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Flour
  • 4 cups Vegetable stock
  • 1 cup Apple juice
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • Lemon, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter with oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sweat with a pinch of salt until soft and golden (but not browned), about 5 minutes.
  2. Add ginger and continue to sweat for 3-5 minutes before adding both garlic’s. Cook garlic for a minute, taking care not to burn the white garlic.
  3. Toss in the carrots and another pinch of salt. Stir over heat to soften briefly, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Next add the flour and stir it around to toast briefly as it combines with the fat. Then add the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until the carrots are very soft, about 15-20 minutes (the gentler the better).
  5. Puree the soup in a blender for at least 2 minutes, until very smooth. Ideally at this point you’ll strain the soup through a fine-mesh strainer back into a clean pot, pushing on the fibers to have a perfectly smooth soup. But, hey, it’s still going to taste good if you ignore this bit.
  6. Reheat the soup and thin with the apple juice – at this point use your judgment for both taste and texture. If you want a thinner soup you may use even more apple juice (or a bit more veg stock). A good rule of thumb is to thin just until the soup completely disappears when drizzled into itself.
  7. Season to taste with salt – I needed about 2 “three-finger” pinches. At this point the soup can be cooled and set in the fridge if making ahead, and then reheated to continue.
  8. Just before serving, temper the cream into the hot soup. To do this: remove the pan from the heat, pour the cream into a ladle and then swirl the bottom of the ladle in the hot soup, gradually mixing the two together. This gently heats the cream and prevents it from curdling.
  9. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and serve.

Enjoy your meal!

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