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Serves 10

It looks very unappealing, but it is heartwarming in winter, and the dried
cepes with which it is traditionally made give it a unique musty flavor.
Krupnik is important because it was a mainstay in Poland, Lithuania, and
the Ukraine, and it has been kept up. There is even a dried soup mix
produced in Israel. In Eastern Europe, people went out to pick cepes in
season and dried them on the top of the stove. They kept them in jars and
built up stocks to last the year. The soup can be very simple, with only
onions, barley, and mushrooms, or it can have several vegetables. It can
also be made with chicken stock or with a meat bone.

1-1 1/2 oz (25-40 grams) dried cepes
13 cups (3 liters) or more water or stock
2 small carrots
2 small turnips
2 small onions
2 medium potatoes
2 celery stalks and celery leaves
3/4 cup (125 g) pearl barley

Soak the cepes in a little water for 15 minutes, until they soften. Chop
all the vegetables finely in 2 batches in the food processor and put them
in a pan with the barley and all the water, including the mushroom-soaking
water. Chop the softened mushrooms in the food processor, and add them
too. Bring to the boil, remove the scum, season with plenty of salt and
pepper, and simmer for 1 hour, or until the barley is very soft and
bloated. It gives a jellylike quality to the soup. Add water, if
necessary, to thin it.

Serve with sour cream if you like if you have used water.

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