A Souper Weekend!

Friday, October 9, 2009
This is going to be a souper weekend! Tonight we are having dear friends for supper. On the menu, Beef Barley Soup, a loaf of Blue Cheese Sourdough Bread (from my favorite little artisan bakery) and Apple Tart and Coffee for dessert.

On Saturday we are attending a Soup Feed. I’m bringing a crockpot of Cheesy Wild Rice Soup and some of my homemade rolls.

With the temps dipping into the 20°’s and threats of snow, all this soup is just what is needed.

Beef Barley Soup
(Printable Version)

1 pound boneless beef top round steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
2 cups water
1/3 cup medium pearl barley
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cup fresh mushrooms
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, brown beef in oil; drain. Stir in the broth, water, barley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add the mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion and parsley; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in peas; heat through. Yield: 9servings.

Apple Tart
(Printable Version)

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons sour cream

About 6 medium apples, peeled, pitted, and sliced
3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup apple jelly
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Whipped cream, if desired

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Crust: Place the flour, butter, and sour cream in a food processor and pulse to combine. When the dough has formed a ball, pat with lightly floured hands into the bottom and sides of an ungreased 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom and 1/2-inch sides, or a round au gratin dish. Bake for about 18 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned. Let cool while preparing the filling.

Lower the oven temperature to 350°F.

Filling: Peel and thickly slice the apples. Arrange the apple slices in overlapping circles on top of the crust, until it's completely covered. Overfill the crust, as apples will shrink during cooking. Combine the egg yolks, sour cream, sugar, and flour and beat until smooth. Pour the mixture over the apples. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour, until the custard sets and is pale golden in color. Cover with an aluminum foil tent if the crust gets too dark. Transfer the tart pan to a wire rack to cool. When cool, remove the side wall of the pan.

Glaze: Combine the jelly and cinnamon. Spread with a pastry brush over the top of the warm tart. Serve the tart warm, at room temperature or chilled.

Thank you to Michael at Designs by Gullum for hosting Foodie Friday!


  1. Julie said...:

    Thanks for visiting! Yum!!! I have to try both your recipes! They LOOK awesome. Especially love soups as the weather starts to cool down.
    Have a blessed weekend.

  1. Oh my, this looks delicious! I love beef and barley soup. It's one of my favorites, and that tart looks too good to be true. I'd love to be your guest for that meal. I'm living vicariously through your pictures!

    Happy Foodie Friday...


    Sheila :-)

  1. susan said...:

    I've never had beef and barley soup (which is crazy considering how much I love soup) This looks like a meal perfect for dinner with good friends--delicious and comforting!

  1. Mary said...:

    What lovely recipes. Thank you for sharing them with us. Have a great day.

  1. such beautiful pics, they look wonderful~

  1. Two wonderful recipes. THANKS!!! Geri

  1. Samantha said...:

    Beef and barley soup is one of my absolute favrorites - it was one of the few things my Dad could cook growing up.
    I'll have to make this soon with my own kiddos!

  1. Lori E said...:

    I am making a pear tart this weekend and my use this recipe. Canadian Thanksgiving.

  1. xinex said...:

    Mmmmm, both soup and apple tart look so good!...Christine

  1. Gail,
    I want to try both of your recipes they look so good! I love your blog and music. Thanks for stopping by mine.

  1. Jennicillin said...:

    That tart looks like it's to die for! Happy Foodie Friday :-)

  1. Your header is absolutely gorgeous!! Beautiful blog! The apple tart looks so yummy, I will have to try it. Thanks so much for coming by. I took your button over to my blog!

  1. Hi! I clicked through when you mentioned on another blog comment that you were in Nebraska and I've spent the past hour or so clicking around - I'm just going to have to subscribe because it's nearing bedtime. :>) I'm in the tri-city area myself. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  1. Gail, What a yummy recipe! I am always ready for a hearty soup. I want to thank you so much for all of your kind words to me as I begin my blogging history. You are a blessing!
    Thank you sooooo much.

  1. Farmgirl Cyn said...:

    Soup is on the menu at least twice a week here when the temps dip down. Tomorrow it's Potato Leek with some crusty artisan bread. The apple tart would be a perfect dessert for a chilly autumn day...thanks for sharing!!!

  1. Lori E said...:

    My Writer's Challenge link is up. Why not add your story to the rest. Just tell us about something really nice someone has done for you.

  1. Connie said...:

    I just came across your blog via Far Above Rubies. I think I will have to try that apple tart, yummy looking. I am also signing up to be a follower and will take a look around your blog...everything looks interesting.

  1. Jeanne said...:

    Hello Mrs. P. I didn't get back to you on Foodie Friday and I love your recipes. I am making the apple tart because I brought a bunch of apples from MI when I was there. I need sour cream though and the nearest grocery store is 14 miles away. DARN! We live in the mountains and love it. My header on my blog is my view and the rainbow is real. Lucky us, unless we need to run to the store. LOL.

    Hugs, Jeanne

  1. Ashlee said...:

    Oh Yum! You have to share the recipe for the Cheesy Wild Rice Soup!! I love soups in the fall and winter!! I signed up as a follower and would love it if you did the same!

  1. Your soup recipe looks wonderful. The cooler fall weather certainly has me in a souper mind too! The bread sounds so tasty!

    Thank you for coming by my site earlier!

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