Flip is a tasty way to cool down on a hot day.
Last year, Mom treated us to a fabulous
river cruise trip in Western Europe. It was a long-planned vacation, a delayed high school graduation gift from a
proud Grandma to her grandson, Andy, and us, his parents. It was a magical trip, with fantastic places, people, and
food. The cruise started in Vienna, Austria, on the Danube River, and continued on the Main River, then the Rhine
River through Germany to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The cruise was so wonderful and the food on board ship was
some of the best we have ever had.
The weather was beautiful and clear nearly
the entire trip, but unseasonably HOT. Each day we would be off the ship walking endless miles around Medieval
towns and villages. When we returned to the ship for a meal, the staff served us a variety of things to cool us
off, including sundaes for dessert and these yogurt-based cold soups that they called “Flips”.
Fresh, light, and so delightfully cold,
they were the perfect start to our meals, allowing us to cool down enough to enjoy the main course. We enjoyed them
so much that I requested the recipes from the travel company, Grand Circle Travel, after we came home. They very
graciously sent them to me. I had to convert the measurements and tweak the recipe a little to get them right, but
it was so worth it!
I started with the Peach Flip because we
recently picked up peaches on our way through Georgia. It has been so hot here that a refreshing Flip sounded like
just the dish to cool things down. I didn’t add any sugar because I made it with vanilla low fat yogurt, which is
on the sweet side. The Flip isn’t meant to be really sweet, but to be sweet like a natural peach is. It was served
to us as the first course of a multi-course meal, but you can make it anything you want it to be!
½ Cup (100 gr) peaches,
fresh or canned, chopped into ½” cubes
3 Tablespoons (40 gr)
juice from peaches or juice pack from can
If using fresh peaches, sugar to taste (start at 1 teaspoon, go
Fresh peaches, cubed, for garnish (optional)
Toasted almond slices, for garnish (optional)
1. Combine peaches and buttermilk in blender container. Blend until completely
2. Pour half of peach and
buttermilk mixture into a container, leaving half of the mixture in the blender container. Add
approximately half of the milk, half and half cream, and peach juice if using canned peaches. Blend
together. Add sugar to taste, if needed.
3. Empty contents of
blender in large bowl. Put the rest of the peach mixture and rest of the remaining ingredients to
the blender and blend together. Add sugar to taste if necessary and process until incorporated.
Pour into the bowl with the previously processed mixture and stir together. If the mixture seems
clumpy, strain through a sieve to remove lumps. Put into lidded container and chill in refrigerator
for at least two hours.
4. Right before serving, remove
the Flip from the refrigerator. Flip may have separated, so stir gently to mix back together.
Garnish with fresh peach cubes, toasted almond slices or other decoration if desired.