Hungarian chilled cherry soup
Dinner,  Soups

Hungarian chilled cherry soup

Today I’m giving you a Hungarian summer classic, the chilled cherry soup. Nothing brings me back to my roots as much as this soup. In our family, no one really likes it, except for me and my dad. Which means more to us. It’s a really great way to cool down when the summer is hot and you want something simple.

Hungarian chilled cherry soup

Get it while it cold. This cherry soup is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer's day. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 210kcal


  • 500 gr cherries pitted
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 0,5 litre water
  • 1,5 tsp powdered vanilla
  • 300 ml whipping cream
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp lime juice


  • Pit the cherries and blend with sugar and cinnamon. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. 
  • Add water, salt and vanilla and bring to a boil. 
  • Add the whipping cream and lime juice and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. 
  • Add the cornstarch and stir while the soup thickens. If it's too thick add more water or cream. 
  • Chill and eat when completely chilled. 

chilled cherry soup

Chilled Cherry – soup or dessert?

While this is debatable, I found a way to fix this. I made one chilled cherry soup, which is a little runnier, yet silky smooth. I eat that as an afternoon snack or lunch. Then I made a thicker version, a cherry cream if you will. I just added a little bit more cornstarch and I served it with vanilla ice cream. Problem solved and I don’t have to choose.

Tips and tricks for the perfect chilled cherry soup

  • If you leave the pitted cherries blended with sugar and cinnamon in the fridge. Cover the bowl and leave it overnight you get a more intense cherry flavour.
  • Sour cherries are the best ones to use.
  • If you don’t want to use cornstarch you can use 2-3 tbsp flour mixed with the whipping cream. Stir the mixture in gently.
  • Leave it to cool down properly. It tastes better when it’s really cold.

Hungarian chilled cherry soup

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  • Jessica Sundberg

    Hej vet inte om jag missförstår men har du ungerskt påbrå? Min mamma är från Ungern men kom hit som väldigt ung och minns inte så mkt. Jag har aldrig lärt mig ungerska och mamma kan inte prata många ord heller längre sen min mormor dog. Nu till min fråga – medans min mormor levde gjorde hon fantastiska köttfärsfyllda paprikor med en tomatsås från himmelriket. Jag kan tänka tillbaka på dessa än idag och bli sååå sugen. Tyvärr lärde sig mamma aldrig receptet och vi har inte kunnat återskapa det så jag undrar om du har något bra recept på köttfärsfyllda gula/ungerska paprikor med tomatsås? Vänligen, Jessica

    • carolinevass

      Åh vad roligt att du hittat hit! Jajamensan jag är helt ungerskt faktiskt, men född här. Jag delar gärna med mig av recept på fyllda paprikor och tomatsås. Min mormor gjorde också fantastiskt goda och jag har receptet ❤️

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