Chilled Sour Cherry Soup Recipe


Chilled Sour Cherry Soup is a slightly sweet soup that is pleasing to the palate and very delicious.  Because it is sweet this soup is served as a dessert course.  It is considered a traditional summertime treat in Hungary.  In Hungary, this chilled sour cherry soup is generally served before the main course and the cherries are unpitted. In America it is considered a dessert and the cherries are preferred pitted.  A chilled soup is a perfect summertime dish on those hot long days.



Chilled Sour Cherry Soup


Chilled Sour Cherry Soup Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: Chilled Sour Cherry Soup Recipe, Fried Ginger Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Sour Cherry Soup:
Fried Ginger:
Sour Cherry Soup Instructions:
  1. Prepare Fried Ginger; set aside until ready to use.

  2. Put cherries through a juicer, reserving both the juice and pulp separately.

  3. In a small saucepan, combine water, mint leaves, and orange zest.  Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a non-reactive bowl.  Stir in reserved cherry juice.  Tasting as you go, slowly add the vinegar, stopping when a balanced flavor is reached.  Cover and refrigerate until cold.

  4. To Assemble: In a medium bowl, whisk in creme fraiche until somewhat lightened.  With a rubber spatula, fold in 2 to 3 tablespoons of the reserved cherry pulp.  Cover and refrigerate until cold.

  5. To Serve:  Divide cherry creme fraiche, minted cherries, and fried ginger among chilled soup bowls.  Gently ladle cherry soup around garnishes and serve immediately.

  6. Makes 8 servings.

Fried Ginger Instructions:
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar.  Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.  Bring mixture to a simmer; add ginger and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and strain ginger.  Pat the ginger thoroughly dry on paper towels.

  2. In the thick-bottomed pan or cast-iron skillet, heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees F.   NOTE: A small piece of bread dropped in the hot oil should float to the surface almost immediately and brown within 45 seconds.  Deep fry the dried ginger until golden brown, approximately 2 minutes.

  3. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels; set aside.

Recipe Notes

* Available from gourmet food stores.  May substitute your favorite flavored vinegar.


Source:  This Chilled Sour Cherry Soup recipe is by Executive Chef, Andreas Sommerfeld, of the Holland American Cruise Line on the Oosterdam ship.  The chef demonstrated this dish on our family’s Mexican Riviera Cruise.



Appetizers    Dessert Recipes    Fruit Soups    Hungary    Sour, Tart or Pie Cherries    Summer    Vegan Recipes   

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