Go Back

Sour Cherry Soup

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 6 servings


  • 2.5 L water about 9 cups
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 lemon peel remove white part of the rind
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 medium sized lemons, juiced
  • 800 g sour cherries sour cherry compote works as well, if you don't have sour cherries you can also use any red cherry, but may want to reduce sugar as these are sweeter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream


  • Add water, cloves, cinnamon sticks, lemon peel and vanilla to a large pot and heat to a boil
  • While waiting for pot to boil add sugar and lemon juice
  • Allow the pot to boil for about 5-7 minutes
  • While waiting for pot to boil, remove cherry pits and stems if not done already
  • Remove pot from heat and add cherries
  • Add pot to heat and allow to boil with cherries for 7 minutes
  • In a medium bowl, mix flour and sour cream together. Add about 2 ladles full of soup to the flour and sour cream and whisk together, removing any lumps and blending the mixture together
  • Turn heat on low and add the flour and sour cream mixture to the soup
  • Add salt and let soup simmer for 5 minutes
  • Remove soup from heat and allow time for it to cool. It should be served cold, so you may want to prepare a day to a few hours ahead