Try 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 its easy recipe given below.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Smooth, creamy and delicious!
Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups honey, 4 eggs, separated.
Preparation: 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.
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
Allied Cookery (1916)
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.
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.
La Cuisine Francaise (1893)
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.
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.
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.
With a Saucepan Over the Sea (1902)
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.
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. Eat cold, with salad or cheese or stewed fruit.
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.
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. Desserts fit for your Imperial Family!
The Russian people are especially generous and welcoming, and they love to celebrate 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.
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 and with ingredients supplied by the volunteer workers.
One of the elderly ladies (seated third from the right wearing a headscarf) presented me with a traditional Russian birthday cake topped with candles. It was so delicious and
so greatly appreciated.
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 as we drank 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!
The traditional Russian dessert recipes on this page will help you to sample some of the delicious treats that are characteristic of Old Russia.