How to Make a Kissel - Traditional Fruit Dessert Soup

Traditional Black Currant Kissel.
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Kisel (can be spelled as Kissel), is a thickened fruit puree served as a dessert. It's a specialty in Eastern European countries like Russia. Apple kissel is a popular flavor as is rhubarb, strawberry, and apricot. The dessert is typically served in fancy dishes, and perfect for a summer dinner party. Just about any fruit can be used for this dessert, in many forms, such as dried fruits or fresh fruits.

Here is a recipe to try for apple kissel. The procedure and ingredient list is pretty much the same for other recipes. Use the same amount of starch and water in each recipe as in the apple kissel.

  • For Rhubarb Kissel, use 4 heaping cups of chopped rhubarb with 3 cups of water, then begin sweetening it with about 2/3 cups of sugar. Add in more sugar if needed.
  • For Strawberry Kissel, use about 2 1/2 pints of hulled strawberries, with 2 cups of water. Begin to sweeten it with about 2/3 cups of sugar, and add in more if needed.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, cubed
  • 3 cups water, cold
  • 1/2 cup sugar, granulated (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon water, cold
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch

Instructions

  1. Place the apples and water in a heavy saucepan. Bring the apples to aboil, then reduce heat and cook slowly for about 12 to 15 minutes. Cook until the apples are tender.
  2. Strain the mixture through a sieve, and add in the sugar. Taste it, and if it needs more sugar add it in a teaspoon at a time.
  3. Add the strained mixture back to the saucepan, and bring back up to a soft simmer. Dissolve the starch in the 1 tablespoon water, and add this to the apple mixture. Bring to a boil again, and cook for another 2 to 4 minutes until the mixture is thickened.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat, and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Pour into serving dishes and cool before serving.

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