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.
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.
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.
Here is the popular Finnish Christmas recipe.
Fruit Soup – Finnish Traditonal Sweet Christmas Soup
- 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 2 Tbsp
- water 2 Tbsp
- Cut dried fruits (*1) into bite-sized pieces.
- Put the water and dried fruits in a pressure cooker and heat over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes after the sound of steam.
- Alternatively, put the water and dried fruits in a regular pot, cover with a lid, and place over medium heat. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until soft.
- Uncover and add sugar.
- In another container, mix cold water and potato starch to make potato starch water.
- Pour the potato starch water into the soup, mixing well.
- Heat the soup for a while to thicken it.
- Can be served hot or cold.
- 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.