Russian Blini with Red Caviar and Sour Cream
You’ll love these traditional Russian dessert recipes. The Russian people are known worldwide for their fabulous dessert cakes and pastries, and the traditional iced punch tart with its rich-tasting creamy filling is no exception. You’ll find the easy recipes below.
Traditional Russian Dessert Recipes
Mom’s Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Homemade Russian Honey Mousse
Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups honey, 4 eggs, separated. Beat the egg yolks and add the honey gradually until completely mixed.
Cook the mixture over a slow fire, stirring constantly, until the mass thickens, then remove from fire and cool.
Next, beat the egg whites until very stiff and combine thoroughly with the honey mixture. Spoon the mousse into serving dishes and chill. Instead of egg whites, whipped cream may be used. Smooth, creamy, and delicious!
Mix cold boiled rice with the juice and rind of a lemon, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/2 glass of fine rum; then press into a mold. Let get very cold and serve with cold cooked fruit. —365 Foreign Dishes
Traditional Russian Dessert Recipes
Allied Cookery (1916)
Russian Blini – Thin Crepe-Like Pancakes
Blini Served with Red Caviar and Sour Cream
Yeast cakes have been sold in different sizes formerly. So, it’s easiest to calculate the dry yeast needed based on how much flour is called for in the recipe.
For instance, up to 4 cups flour (1 pound, or 1 quart), use 1/4 ounce (2-1/4 teaspoons) of dry yeast, and so on.
Mix together 2-1/2 cups of tepid milk, 4 cups of flour with 1/2 a yeast cake and put in a warm place to rise 6 or 8 hours.
One hour before cooking add 2 cups of warm milk and 1 tablespoon of salt.
Fry like ordinary pan cakes. Serve very hot one on top of the other, well buttered.
Blini are spread with soured cream, and smoked salmon or caviar is usually served with them. Also delicious with jam or honey.
Kissel – Soft, Fruit-Based Dessert
Mix three cups of any kind of fruit syrup, add a little water if the syrup is very thick, sugar and vanilla according to taste, and 1/2 cup of potato flour. Cook them in a double boiler until a very thick cream. Served hot or cold with cream and powdered sugar.
Potato Flour is different from potato starch. It’s a flour made from grinding dried, whole potatoes and is used as an alternative to wheat flour for gluten-free cooking. It helps to improve texture and add moisture and a natural sweetness when added to cookies and cakes.
If potato flour is unavailable, twice the amount of instant potato flakes can be substituted with good taste results in recipes. For example, 2 ounces potato flour = 4 ounces potato flakes.
Original Russian Dessert Recipe
La Cuisine Francaise (1893)
Kissel a la Russe
Ingredients: 2 quarts cranberries, 1/2 pound sugar, 4 tablespoonfuls cornstarch (or potato starch), 1 pint cream.
1. Press the cranberries or raspberries through a cloth napkin, pour their juice in a saucepan with 1/2 pound sugar, add 4 tablespoonfuls cornstarch mixed with 1 glassful water, boil the whole for 5 minutes.
2. Pour in a hollow dish and let cool. Serve with cream apart. For five persons. Makes a popular Russian Christmas dessert.
Traditional Russian Dessert Recipe
Aunt Babette’s Cook Book (1889)
Bake three layers of sponge cake dough, and flavor it with a wineglassful of arrack (Eastern name for any spirituous liquor). When baked, scrape part of the cake out of the thickest layer, not disturbing the rim, and reserve these crumbs to add to the following filling:
Boil half a pound of sugar in a quarter of a cup of water until it stands. Add to this syrup a wineglassful of rum and the crumbs, and spread over the layers, piling one on top of the other. Frost the cake with a nice icing, flavored with rum.
Another way to fill this cake is to take some crabapple jelly or apple marmalade and thin it with a little brandy. If you haven’t either, make a filling of the following:
Grate a large tart apple, add the grated peel of a lemon, one egg, and one cup of sugar. Let this boil five minutes steadily, stirring all the time, and flavor with rum. Spread between layers, and frost with boiled icing, flavored with rum.
Russian Boiled Icing
Take one cup of sugar to the beaten white of one egg. Put the sugar on to boil with two tablespoons of water. When this has boiled clear pour on the beaten white of the egg, stirring constantly until cold. Flavor.
Simple Russian Dessert Recipes
With a Saucepan Over the Sea (1902)
Russian Cake Recipe
Mix the yolks of 5 eggs and 1/4 pound sugar; add slowly 3 ounces flour, 2 ounces chopped almonds, a spoonful of anise seed, and the whites of eggs beaten stiff. Bake in long narrow tins lined with paper, cut in slices, and dry in the oven until crisp, before serving.
Sweet Russian Biscuits
Mix 1/2 pound of sifted flour with 1 ounce of sugar, a pinch of salt, a spoonful of caraway seed, and 1/2 pint of milk or cream. Beat all well, roll out thin, cut into 32 oblong strips, and bake 6 minutes in a hot oven (425°F). Eat cold, with salad or cheese or stewed fruit.
About the Russian Dessert Recipes
You’ll love the delicate honey mousse made only with eggs and honey, and the totally tasty Kissel a la Russe with its sweetened cranberries is especially easy to make. This traditional dish was created by Francois Tanty, Chef to Czar Nicholas II of Russia.
The cranberry kissel is the maybe most famous Russian kissel, also spelled kisel. It makes an excellent cranberry dessert to serve at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or on any special occasion. Imagine. Desserts fit for your imperial family!
Celebrating with Russian Desserts
The Russian people are especially generous and welcoming, and they love to celebrate occasions with all manners of delicious baked goods and pastries.
Pastry shop shelves are filled with irresistible confectionery and immense layer cakes with creamy fruity fillings, wholly smothered in fluffy whipped cream.
Birthday Celebration at a St. Petersburg Orphanage
(Source ©Don Bell)
While on a humanitarian and personal mission to Russia, my 49th birthday happened to fall on the day we visited a Russian orphanage in St. Petersburg.
The occasion was celebrated with homemade cookies, flaky fruit-filled pastries, and irresistible cream cakes, all made by the children with ingredients supplied by the volunteer workers.
My Traditional Russian Birthday Cake with Candles
(Source ©Don Bell)
An elderly Russian lady (seated third from the right wearing a babushka scarf) presented me with a traditional Russian birthday cake topped with candles. It was so delicious and so greatly appreciated.
Relaxing in a Coffee Shop in St. Petersburg, Russia
(Source ©Don Bell)
Earlier that day in a St. Petersburg coffee shop with my wife Vicki, our daughter, and our Russian translator (left to right in the photo), we enjoyed eating some creamy pastries and drinking our bold Russian coffees.
Sorry about the empty plates, but we couldn’t resist eating the treats before I took the photo, so you’ll have to view the display case and imagine what they tasted like. They were simply too tempting to resist!
Pastry Display in Russian Coffee-Confectionery Shop
These traditional Russian dessert recipes will help you to sample some of the delicious treats that are characteristic of Old Russia.
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