This is so sweet it’s almost dessert….
But then it’s not, and umm, so DELICIOUS!! It’s my new favorite soup recipe hands down. Like it’s honestly the BEST and I really have no other words to describe it. It’s simple, fast and practically effortless… and just so dang good! It’s the soup you literally cannot stop eating.
I am so excited about it – clearly.
Oh, and the cinnamon sugar twist?!?! I mean, just YES.
Sorry for the insane amount of excitement today. I know it’s Monday and all, but I feel like it’s just going to be a GOOD week. Last week was a little brutal for me, to say this least, but this week I am feeling the good (holiday) vibes. Plus, I maybe had one too many bowls of this soup last night and I may or may not be on my second…third cup of coffee for the morning.
SIDE NOTE: I think it’s pretty funny how I went from hating coffee to drinking it daily. If I am being honest, I can really only do one full cup of black coffee. If I have two, which I sometimes do, I get a bit of a headache from the caffeine….I am a total caffeine wimp.
But you guys, I feel like this soup is Monday morning, second week of November soup.
Wait, second week of November?!? Time – STOP!
This Maple Cream Sweet Potato Soup is yet another recipe in my Thanksgiving day menu, but I am begging you to make this soup way before Thanksgiving (it could be your trial run for the big day). Like you should probably make it tonight for a warm and cozy dinner that, wait for it, is actually kind of healthy! Yes, this soup does have cream, but other than the cream it’s loaded with all good things for us. Things like sweet potatoes, maple syrup, cinnamon and cayenne. You could even make it vegan by replacing the cream with full-fat canned coconut milk, which is actually better than cream in my personal opinion, but I love coconut milk!
When I first started out to make this soup, I was not fully sure how everyone would react to it. I mean, it is sweet, but sweet in such a good and still very savory way. I knew the second I tried this that everyone would LOVE it. Like I just knew there was no way we all could not love this soup.
There are zero pungent flavors like onions or garlic. It’s just sweet and creamy and cinnamony. Just like a classic sweet potato casserole, but in soup form. I actually think I like this soup better… there’s just something about this soup.
Which in turn makes it perfect for this extra special time of year.
Please excuse my cheesiness, I can’t help it. When the holidays are upon us, it just brings out the happy cheesy side of me.
Alright, and now let me tell you about the unhealthy, but much-needed part of this recipe. The cheddar stuffed cinnamon sugar dusted puff pastry twist.
You see, in my head you simply cannot have soup without a really good carb for dipping. That carb could be a good piece of toasty buttered bread, grilled cheese, popcorn, pitas or umm, buttery baked puff pastry with cinnamon sugar and cheddar. I love all the options I listed, but let’s be honest, you know that anything involving puff pastry and cinnamon sugar is going to be a winner.
Two of the best things, right?!?
So you need to make these twists. They go really nicely with this soup and come on, you NEED a good dipper. This is a GOOD dipper. These cinnamon sugar covered twists are sweet and cheesy – perfect!
Trust me, make the twists. Make them to eat with this soup and then make them to serve for an easy holiday appetizer. And then eat the leftovers for lunch, because you can, and it’s the holidays and anything goes.
Also, on a completely random but good note, I wanted to check in about those videos I was doing last month. I am in the midst of planning some more super fun videos for you guys this December and wanted to know, do you like videos where you get to see me, talking my mouth off and rambling like shown here. OR would you prefer a more straight forward video that’s simply me and my hands making a recipe (so no talking, just a simple recipe video) like shown here.
I would love some feedback, so I can make you guys the videos you really want to see! 🙂
Oh, and if this soup had a video to it, you’d probably be watching me take spoonful after spoonful, cause it’s that good and I have ZERO self-control around this soup. Some may think this is embarrassing, but you just wait until you try it, then you’ll understand.
Maple Cream Sweet Potato Soup with Cheddar Cinnamon Sugar Twist.
- 3-4 medium sweet potatoes I used 3 medium
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon sticks OR 1 cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or veggie broth
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of cayenne to your taste
- salt + pepper to your taste
- 2 tablespoons bourbon optional
- 1 cup heavy cream or full-fat canned coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded (optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Poke a few holes in the sweet potatoes and bake for 1 hour or until soft and tender. When the sweet potatoes are cooked, slice them in half and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, add the maple syrup and cinnamon to a large soup pot, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer, simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the maple has thickened and reduced to a syrup. Be careful not to let it get too thick, you just want it to thicken to a honey consistency.
Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel away the skins and add the orange flesh to the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender. Add 1 cup of broth and puree until smooth. Slowly stir the sweet potato mixture into the thickened maple syrup. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups broth, the apple cider, thyme, nutmeg, cayenne and a pinch of salt + pepper. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, about 10 minutes. Stir in the bourbon (if using) and cream. Continue to cook another 5 minutes minutes and then add the cheese + butter, cook until the cheese is melted and the soup is silky smooth. If the soup seems too thick, add more broth to thin. Keep over low heat until ready to serve.
Cheddar Cinnamon Sugar Twist
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Add sugar and cinnamon to small bowl and mix to combine.
Open one sheet of puff pastry on cutting board. Brush surface lightly with the melted butter. Sprinkle surface generously with cinnamon sugar, leaving some for sprinkling on just before baking.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese to evenly cover entire surface. Use your hands and press cheese into puff pastry to adhere. Cut puff pastry into long 1/2-inch-wide strips. Gently twist each strip several times. Repeat with remaining puff pastry strips until everything has been used. Place finished twists on prepared baking sheets. Brush twist with melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes or until puff pastry is golden. Be careful not to over bake. Serve with the warm soup.
Kind of like Monday medicine, right?!?! Take an extra
dose helping. Mmm, k?!?