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Sour Cherry Soup Recipe - Hungarian Meggy Leves

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Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup or Hideg Meggyleves

Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup or Hideg Meggyleves

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This Hungarian recipe for sour cherry soup goes by many names -- meggy leves, cseresznye leves, meggykeszoce, cibere -- and its sweetness varies with the cook. It's typically served cold in the summer when cherries are plentiful.

This soup is traditionally made with tart dark-red Morello cherries, but any tart pie cherry, like fire-engine-red Montmorency cherries, will work in a pinch, as long as they are fresh or at the very least frozen (don't use canned). Never use a sweet Bing cherry. Some recipes call for cinnamon and cloves, and the cherries are left unpitted!

Makes 6 servings of Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound fresh sour cherries, pitted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large saucepan, cook cherries with water and 3/4 cup sugar until done, about 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix sour cream with flour, salt and confectioners' sugar until smooth.

  3. When cherries are done, temper the sour cream mixture with a few ladles of hot cherry liquid, whisking until smooth. Transfer to the pan with the cherries and whisk until smooth. Simmer 5 minutes, but do not boil.

  4. Cool to room temperature in an ice water bath. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the soup (so a skin doesn't form) and refrigerate until cold. Serve cold as a first course as they do in Hungary or as a dessert with a dollop of sour cream or whipped cream.
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