Fluffy Vanilla Custard Floating In Cranberry Kisel
Category: Desserts & Sweets | Blog URL: http://www.russianseason.net/index.php/2009/11/fluffy-vanilla-custard-with-cranberry-kisel/
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Alina Petropavlovska
Whipped vanilla custard is yet another healthy dessert. It doesn’t contain a lot of fat, and whipped egg whites make it even more airy and light.
I would relate this type of custard to Russian cuisine. In Soviet times however, whipped custard was a popular dessert also here in Latvia. In the Latvian language, it’s called Buberts.
This fluffy custard is served floating in Kisel - one of the oldest Russian dishes ever. There’s a legend about an ancient Russian city besieged by nomadic tribes and suffering from famine until an old sage told the citizens to collect all remaining oats and all honey they could still find in their cellars. The citizens did as the wise man told them and brewed kisel from the oats, and sweet drink from the honey. They made two new water wells and filled them with kisel and honey drink, then invited a delegation of nomads, showed them the wells full of drink and kisel, and assured the guests that they had enough food to survive. The nomads were astonished at the fact that Russians obtained food directly from their land and told their king about the miracle. The situation seemed pretty hopeless. The siege was raised, and the nomads went away in search of a different city to conquer.
There’s also the expression “Milk rivers and kisel shores” in the Russian language, which is used to describe carefree and prosperous life.
*Since raw eggs are used in this recipe, please wash them properly before cooking!