cherry soup pits

A Satisfied Guest’s Bowl after Eating Three Servings of  Cherry Soup

1. Get Up Your Courage                                                                          You are going to enjoy this -with pits, sour cherries, sour cream and all. Trust the traditional Hungarian cooks.

2. Get Cherries
Sour, raw ones (Nanking) are best. Preserved, pitted sweet ones (Bing) will do but can’t compete in tang, flavor, fun and freshness.

3. Cook, Cool & Whisk the Soup
Cook the cherries one day ahead to allow for cooling.

cherry soup 2Hungarian Cold Sour-Cherry Soup Recipe
1 qt of cherries
1 1/2 qt water
3/4 C sugar
4 heaping tbsp sour cream (low fat if you wish)
Clean the cherries and put in a 2-qt saucepan. Add water and sugar. Bring to boil. Cover and let simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and refrigerate.
Transfer to soup tureen. Use a whisk to mix in the sour cream until all lumps are dissolved and a bubbly froth forms. Serves six people.
Note: adjust the amount of sugar to your taste and the amount of sour cream to the color of pink you like best.

4. Set Your Table with the Right Spoons and Bowls
Soup bowls with wide rims and large soup spoons are needed.

5. Get Rid of the Pits                                                                                Anyone who knows how to kiss can do this. With each mouthful, press your tongue against the cherries so you swallow the flesh and liquid but the pits remain at the front of your mouth. Purse your lips and transfer them to your spoon. Then decorate the rim of your bowl with them.

6. Plant Your Own for More
In my neigborhood, Nanking Cherry bushes were featured in the Sears catalog at the time of building. They are hardy enough for our northern zone, have gorgeous white blossoms in spring and produce abundant annual crops of red fruit which attract songbirds.The birds find them too sour to eat so they leave them for us humans who are smart enough to add sugar. When they are ripe they come off cleanly in handfuls if you pick carefully.

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