Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup

Pin It This soup is wonderful. I tried it first in Hungary, then later in my mother-in-law's home in Canada. The colour is so beautiful and the taste is really unique.
I took a look at many different websites and blogs, looking for an authentic recipe. I finally picked this one from
I had a hard time finding jarred sour cherries. I got morello cherries which I found at Trader Joes. Some recipes called for fresh cherries, which I think would make this recipe more time consuming.

This is not a sweet soup. There is no sugar in the recipe at all. It's a bit tangy, which it's what makes this soup so nice in my opinion. You could still serve it for dessert I guess, but I like it as a snack in a hot afternoon.

Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup Recipe:

1 24 oz jar of morello cherries with their juices
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 slice of lemon
4 oz sour cream

Mix all ingredients except the sour cream, bring it to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes until the cherries are soft. Remove from heat.

Separately, mix 1/4 of the hot cherry liquid with the sour cream. Stir mixture into soup and chill it.

Note: I made half of the original recipe. It yields two good servings or maybe 4 small ones. The recipe at also tells you the substitutions necessary if you decide to use fresh cherries.

This is also my entry to no croutons required, which this month is inviting us to try salads and soups using fruits.


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous soup! I think Hungarians have it sussed when making soup. I have had a Hungarian Mushroom Soup and that was divine too!
Thank you for submitting this to :)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Such a beautiful bowl of soup!! And it's very fitting for your pink blog :0)

Anonymous said...

How gorgeous! I love cherries, but would never have thought of enjoying them like this. I, too, have had to hunt around for authentic recipes, and like that Saveur often has them. Very nice...

Anonymous said...

Since I myself is Hungarian I love cherry soup. I suggest it to everyone. :)

yvonne said...

I am so glad I found this recipe here! My aunt made a cherry soup (hopefully this exact recipe!) when I visited her in Hungary years and years ago. I still fondly remember the soup -- and I'm not one to usually have such a vivid memory about food.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I went to the "Food Parade" cooking school in Budapest and this is one of the recipes we learned to cook. Sublime!

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