Demography, Recipes

Fruit Soup

For many years, the Census differentiated between Germans and Germans from Russia.  While there were significant historical differences between the two groups, by the time I was doing the demographic work for South Dakota, the largest difference I could see was the menu.  This recipe, for Plumemoos, a fruit soup served cold, is a hot weather dish passed to us from the Germans from Russia.

            Plumemoos

2 qt      water
1 c.      sugar
1 c.      seedless raisins
1 c.      dried prunes
1          29-oz can of peaches
1          cinnamon stick
1          package red jello
1 qt.     Purple grape juice

Cook dried fruit, sugar and cinnamon stick til fruit is tender.  Add jello to hot soup and stir to dissolve – this will color and thicken the soup when it has cooled.   When cooled, add grape juice to taste.  Serve cold – a wonderful, soothing soup for a hot summer day.

1 thought on “Fruit Soup”

  1. This dessert is horrifying, but I do relate to the situation here. A branch of my family were Finns from Russia (which had annexed Suomi during the period they emigrated, meaning those ancestors are recorded at Ellis Island as being from ‘Russia’) and a branch of my husband’s family were Germans from Russia (who had been moved there as breeding stock, or something similarly distasteful) and eventually made their way to eastern Washington, where the town spoke a German dialect as a first language into the 1940s.

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