Cold fruit soups are not for every palate but those who admire them usually praise this one. Try this recipe on a very hot day. Serves six.
1/2 cup seedless raisins
6 thin slices orange
6 thin slices lemon
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 stick cinnamon
2 cups water
2 cups sliced fresh peaches
1-1/2 cups pitted sweet or sour cherries
1/2 cup sugar, more or less
Dash of salt
1-1/2 T. cornstarch
Step 1. Put raisins, orange and lemon slices, lemon juice, cinnamon stick and water in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick.
Step 2. Add the peaches, cherries, sugar and salt to the mixture and bring to a boil.
Step 3. Add the cornstarch mixed with a little water to the fruit. Cook, stirring, until clear, about 1 minute. Adjust the seasoning, adding more if sour cherries are used. Serve chilled, garnish with whipped cream.