Fruit Soup – Finnish Traditonal Sweet Christmas Soup


Mysterious Dried Fruit Mix

One of my first favorite snacks I found in Finland was a dried fruit mix of plums, apricots, apples, and pears. I used to eat them as a snack, thinking that it was typical of Finland that each bag had a different balance. But in fact, these dried fruits were for the Christmas fruit soup.

A Finnish Christmas Staple

Fruit soup sounds like a very strange food to me. For Japanese, I guess it is easier to imagine it as a soft warabi-mochi with fruit. It is a must-have dessert for Christmas in Finland. The sticky texture and the moderate sweetness of the fruit are so delicious that I loved it from the very first bite.

And the Finnish way is to serve this fruit soup over milk porridge.
Milk Porridge - A Traditional Finnish Christmas Dish
Milk porridge is a symbolic food of Christmas in Finland. The tradition is to put almonds in the pot and whoever hits them gets a present.

As a Japanese, I don’t understand why rice and milk are together. I didn’t like it much, but some Japanese liked it, so I guess it’s just a matter of taste.


Fruit Soup – Finnish Traditonal Sweet Christmas Soup

A sticky dessert made with dried fruits, eaten at Christmas in Finland. Fruis soup sounds interesting, but the taste is so nice. It is served with milk porridge.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Servings8 people
  • dried plum (*1) 40 g
  • dried apricot (*1) 40 g
  • dried apple (*1) 40 g
  • dried pear (*1) 40 g
  • water 350 mL
  • white sugar 40 g
Potato starch water
  • potato starch 2 Tbsp
  • water 2 Tbsp
The most common dried fruits are a mixture of prunes, apricots, apples and pears. In Finland, they are sold pre-mixed.
Fig is nice also.
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