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Cold Apple Soup Like Norwegian Cruise Lines

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Anne" 
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:48 PM
Subject: cold apple soup

>I cruised on the Norwegian Jewel a few weeks ago and they had the most 
>delicious Cold Apple Soup. I have looked at the available recipes but do 
>not think the one I had contained cream or milk?????
> Thanks  Anne 

Hello Anne,

I can find a few mentions of "cold apple soup" served on Norwegian Cruise Lines vessels, but I had no success with any recipes or detailed descriptions. Every cold apple soup recipe that I can find has cream or milk or yogurt except the one below.


Apple Soup

3 med. tart baking apples
2 1/2 c. water
1 1/4 c. white wine
Sugar to taste
Lemon wedges to garnish

Chop the apples, do not peel and core.  Simmer in the water until tender, 
then press through strainer.  Add the white wine.  Taste and stir in 
required sugar while warm enough to dissolve sugar.  Serve very cold. 
Garnish with lemon slices. 

Anna found another apple soup recipe:

Norwegian Apple Soup

2 large apples
1 lemon
50 g sugar
750 ml water
4 tablespoons butter
30 g corn starch
2.5 cup white wine
50 g raisins
50 g currants
grated nutmeg for garnish

Peel and dice apples. Boil them with lemon juice, sugar and half of water until tender. 
Puree the mixture.
Melt butter, stir in the flour, and dilute with wine and the rest of the water. Add the 
apple puree, raisins and currants and simmer about 20 minutes.
Served cold or hot. Sprinkle with a little nutmeg.

Coconut Raisin Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shari" 
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 10:03 AM
Subject: Coconut-Raisin Cake


My uncle loves the old fashioned fresh coconut raisin cake. Unfortunately my 
aunt didn't write down the recipe and her memory is failing. The cake used a 
fresh coconut, the coconut water was used to soak the chopped raisins in and 
the rest is unknown, except the cake was a yellow cake and the 
coconut-raisin mixture was used as the frosting.

Thanks for any help you can provide.


Hello Shari,

I did a search of both our files and the Internet, but I cannot find a recipe called "coconut raisin cake" or a cake recipe that fits the description you give. It must have a different name and other prominent ingredients that aren't in your description.


Italian Cornmeal Fruit Cake with Marzipan

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "christian" 
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 7:54 PM
Subject: Help with a recipe

> Good evening,
> I surely hope you can help me! I have tried to get all the major cooking 
> magazines to help, but they are unhelpful, and worse, too rude to even 
> acknowledge my requests.
> Maybe 30 - 35 years ago I baked a very special fruit cake for my 
> grandmother. Now, all these years later, I have lost the recipe and nobody 
> seems to know what I am talking about, so I desperately need your help.
> I believe the recipe was a James Beard recipe, but it does not appear in 
> any of his books. (However, I know it wasn't a dream, I actually did bake 
> this for my grandmother.)
> It was an Italian cornmeal fruit cake. After baking and cooling, the 
> entire top and sides of the cake are encased in white marzipan. Because of 
> the cornmeal the cake isn't cloyingly sweet. Most of the sweetness came 
> from the dried fruit and the marzipan. This was truly a wonderful cake and 
> I would like to re-learn how to make it.
> Yes, I have tried myriad web sites but have met with no success: you are 
> my best and last hope. The Austin Public Library said the closest thing 
> they could find was an Italian Wedding Cake made by Marcella Hazan, but 
> no, it isn't very much like my original one.
> Am looking forward to your successful resolution to this elusive hunt.
> My very best regards,
> Christian 

Hello Christian,

Sorry, I had no success with this search.


Anna found this recipe in an Italian cookbook:

Italian Cornmeal Raisin Cake

140 g fine cornmeal
140 g flour
80 g potato starch
10 g baking powder
200 g butter
200 g sugar
3 eggs and 3 yolks
120 g raisins
Half a glass Amaretto di Saronno
100 g marzipan
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons crumbled spongecake

Butter and eggs should be at room temperature. Let raisins soak in Amaretto. 
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cream butter and sugar until soft; gradually add eggs and yolks; add potato starch, 
flours and baking powder, mixed together.
Remove raisins from the liquor, dry with paper towel and sprinkle with a little flour. 
Add  raisins and a tablespoon of liquor to the batter.  Pour the batter into a buttered 
and floured 20-22 cm cake pan;  bake for about 45 minutes.
In the meantime,  mix the marzipan with the honey and a tablespoon of water, let it melt 
slowly in water bath until it reaches spreading consistency (with a pastry brush).
Let cake cool a little in the pan on a rack, then out of the pan; brush with the marzipan. 
Sprinkle with sponge cake crumbles and let it cool completely before serving.

Cushman's Bakery Mocha Cake

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Nicholas 
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 12:34 AM
Subject: Cushman's Bakery Mocha Cake

Hello Phaedrus,

I was a youngster growing up in NYC during the 40s and had the joy of eating cakes 
from Cushman's Bakery on 8th Avenue. They had the best quality cakes and the tastiest. 
One that stands out was their Mocha Cake. It was to die for. Better yet ... it was 
to live for. If you can find the recipe it earns you a free therapy session.


Hello Nicholas,

Wish I could help you, but Cushman's Bakery recipes are something that I have had almost no success with. Their Scotch Cookies is the only recipe that I have ever been able to locate. See here:
Cushman's Bakery

I searched anew today for the mocha cake, but came up empty-handed.


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