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Hamburger bickberry soup – hot or cold

Bickberry soup is a sweet fruit soup made from blueberries or bilberries. Just like the elderberry (or lilac berry) soup, it is a simple dish that is eaten warm. Cold, the Bickbeer Soup is wonderful as a cold dish for the warm summer months.


Served with semolina dumplings as a warm accompaniment or cold egg white dumplings. To do this, simply whip 2 egg whites until stiff and spoon off dumplings.

Hamburger Bickbeer Soup

Recipe Hamburg Bickberry Soup – elderberry soup

This elderberry soup can be eaten hot or cold. 
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Course: appetizer, main dish, soups
Cuisine: Northern Germany
Keyword: sweet
Difficulty: Beginner
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 500 g water
  • 1,5 ltr grated zest of an organic lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 sugar (also try brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 tbsp starch flour


  • Bick berries wash and sort (remove stalks, leaves defective berries). Then bring to the boil in cold water and simmer over medium heat in a covered pot for about 30 minutes.
  • Mix the corn flour in a very little cold water and add to the soup until thickened. Again briefly bring to the boil.
  • Strain the soup through a sieve and season with sugar.

Tips & Hints

This sweet soup can be eaten warm or as a cold dish in the summer. Serve with semolina dumplings if the soup is eaten warm.

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