A traditional sweet Russian milk pudding or drink…
A silky milk dessert that comes from my Russian childhood. When I was little, my Mum used to make this for us all the time. It’s silky, sweet and very delicious! And enjoying this dessert brings back a lot of wonderful memories!
RUSSIAN MILK KISEL
This dessert is popular as a drink, or as can thickened and served as dessert that can be eaten with a spoon. The traditional Kisel (or Kissel) is made from sweet berries (can also be called a fruit soup), and the drink is thickened with corn or potato starch. It can be either served hot or cold, and I think that the most popular version in Russia is the liquid one that can be drunk. The dessert comes from the 10th century in Russia, or at least that was when it was first mentioned in history.
This drink/dessert is also popular in Poland, Ukraine, Latvia. Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Today I’m sharing with you the milk version, but as I previously mentioned, this can be made with raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries, cranberries, cherries, red currants, prunes, apricots, rhubarb or even hibiscus petals!
This is a perfect dessert to enjoy on a beautiful summer afternoon. Kids love it, adults love it, and you will love it as well!
Milk Kisel is also popular as a treatment for heartburn. My favourite way to eat Kisel is cold and when it’s thick so I can eat it with a spoon! It’s a truly lovely dessert that can be made any time of the year!
Russian Milk Kisel
- 1 tsp corn or potato starch
- 120 ml milk
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract optional
- Berry or fruit syrup optional
- Let the milk boil along with the sugar and starch (that is mixed with a little amount of cold water or milk).
- Keep stirring while the mixture is boiling for 5-6 minutes. In the last minute add vanilla extract.
- Remove from heat and pour in glasses or jars.
- Let it chill a bit, then serve with berry or fruit syrup.