Fruit soup

by | Feb 16, 2016 | Soups

Strange though it may seem, in Hungary fruit soup is eaten as a soup, not as a dessert. If you look for Hungarian fruit soup in cyberspace, the first recipe that will certainly come to your way is cherry soup. This soup is referred to as a Hungarian summer treatment, which is served chilled. However, we Hungarians usually eat fruit soup hot and we use not only sour cherry, but any other available fruits.  It’s best to make the soup with various fruits e.g. cherry, sour cherry, apple, plum, strawberry – what you can buy or you have in your freezer or pantry. You can use fresh, frozen or canned fruits – fresh fruits are obviously the right choice, but frozen products or preserves can be good alternatives, too.

Fruit soup is usually thickened with flour and sour cream, but I prefer to use cornstarch, egg yolk and cream. Egg yolks add consistency to the soup while maintaining a creamy, silky texture, but they will turn into scrambled eggs if they’re not introduced carefully into the hot liquid. You can’t just whisk them into the simmering soup – they would curdle on contact.  You need to “temper” them by adding some of the hot liquid to the egg yolks, whisking the mixture together, and then adding it to the soup.

Fruit soup
Fruit soup – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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