August 26, 2010

Sweet Berry Soup

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. My parents always have a huge freezer full of berries at the end of the season and my 94 year old granny still picks more berries than she can possibly consume within one year.

This berry soup is probably one of the most common desserts in Finland, and it's almost always 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. Similar soup is also made using rhubarb which is another one of my favourites.

Sweet Berry Soup

400g frozen berries
500ml water
50g sugar
3 tbs potato starch
2-3 tbs cold water

Add the frozen berries, water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to boil without stirring. Mix together the potato flour and water to form a smooth runny paste and add slowly and stirring into the berry mixture. Let the soup come "to bubble", and then take off the heat. Spoon into serving bowls and serve on its own or with porridge, you could even try it with a bit of natural yoghurt. If you're not serving the soup immediately, sprinkle the top with a bit of caster sugar to avoid a "film" forming on the top.