Finnish Sweet Berry Soup

From a land far up north, comes a homemade berry soup that works just as well in a land down under.
By Maria Laitinen

Where Finland might lack in exotic fruit they certainly have an abundance of wild berries. Most kids grow up helping their mums and dads picking berries of all sorts: wild blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries – all available for everyone to pick for free.

This berry soup is probably one of the most common desserts in Finland, and can be made using frozen berries. In my family mum would often make this soup using frozen strawberries and we would have it with rice porridge as a light meal. It’s a real breeze to make so even if you’re short on time, this is one dessert you can whip up in a matter of minutes!

Sweet Berry Soup

  • 400g (2,5 cups) mixed frozen berries
  • 500ml (2 cups) water
  • 50g (4 tbsp) sugar
  • 3 tbsp potato starch or corn flour
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water

1. Place the frozen berries, water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil without stirring.

2. Mix together the potato flour and water in a small bowl and add the paste (stirring slowly) into the berry mixture. Let the soup come “to bubble”, and then take off the heat.

3. Scoop into serving bowls and serve on its own as a dessert or with porridge as a light meal.

    1. You can make it beforehand, but I recommend you put some cling wrap (or a sprinkling of sugar) directly on top of the soup (actually covering the surface of the soup), otherwise it’ll have a ‘film’ on top. It’ll stay in the fridge for 2-3 days.

  1. Please make a notation in the list of ingredients for the Americans, that corn flour = corn starch.
    It will save some people time to not have to find corn flour.
    Love berry soup!!! Thanks
    My Finnish grandmother used to make this. And my Finnish mother died. I’m grateful for this recipe?

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