The newest recipe from our new weekly columnist, Great British Bake Off star Flora Shedden, is a simple recipe for Parsnip Soup that will keep you warm while Gertrude blows up a storm.

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  • Easy
The New York storm made me crave deep snow and cold temperatures. I don’t feel like we have had a proper winter yet and despite a small flurry of flakes a few weeks ago I am still desperate to get all togged up and make a snowman. To combat my jealousy I got in the kitchen and made a big pot of soup. The sort of thick creamy soup reserved mainly for bright white winter days. Fingers crossed for a blizzard and bowl of this soon.

Ingredients

  • 2 banana shallots or 1 large white onion
  • good glug of olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 200g potatoes
  • 400g parsnips
  • 1-1.25l of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper
  • 100ml whole milk

Method

1.Begin by finely chop the onion(s). Heat the oil in a large deep pan and add the onions. Cook for a few minutes, stirring regularly before covering.

2.Turn the heat down and cook until the onions become translucent. Whilst this is happening peel and chop the potatoes and parsnips into rough 2cm cubes – it doesn’t have to be exact. Finely chop the garlic too.

3. Add all the above to the onions. Stir together for a few moments before adding the stock, cumin and honey.

4.Cook for 20 minutes or until all the veg has softened completely. Season a little, and add more stock if it looks very thick. Blitz with a hand held electric blender until smooth.

5.Stir in the milk and blend again. Season once more to taste. Serve piping hot with a drizzle of cream, toasted pumpkin seeds, and if you fancy it, croutons.

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Find this and more recipes like it on Flora’s websitewww.florashedden.com/ and follow Flora on Twitter @florashedden

Like this? See also:

•  Flora Shedden recipe: Mont Blancs

• Flora Shedden recipe: kale and pearl barley salad

Flora Shedden recipe: Clementine Cake 

About The Author

Flora Shedden

Flora Shedden was a hugely popular semi-finalist on this year's Great British Bake Off and recently announced she would taking a year off from university to write a cookbook.

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About The Author

Flora Shedden

Flora Shedden was a hugely popular semi-finalist on this year's Great British Bake Off and recently announced she would taking a year off from university to write a cookbook.