Blueberry Soup

Blueberry Soup

Serves 2

2 cups (310g) fresh blueberries
1/2 cup (125ml) water or vegetable stock
2 tablespoon of rice malt syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons dry red wine
2/3 cup (160g) plain low-fat yoghurt
Mint sprigs for garnish
Cardamom to garnish

In a small saucepan bring blueberries, water, rice malt syrup, lemon juice, cardamom and cinnamon stick to the boil.
Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
Remove cinnamon stick and allow mixture to cool. Pour into a blender or using a stab mixer puree for 1 minute or until smooth.
Cool completely in refrigerator and when ready to serve stir in wine and yoghurt. Garnish with mint leaves and a sprinkle of ground cardamom.
Add salt to taste if desired.
Ladle into individual bowls, and garnish with yoghurt, mint and a little cardamom.

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