Russian Tradition Christmas Drink – Vzvar and Modern Vzvar Gelatin

Usually Russian vzvar means vegetable-based sauce, but this is name for concentrated dried fruit compote too. Usually it’s cold drink or kissel (cooked with potato starch), but today I made it with gelatin for Orthodox Christmas dinner dessert. Use plain dried fruits, not candied.

Russian Tradition Christmas Drink – Vzvar

4-5 dried apples or/and pears
4-5 dried prunes
2 tbsp. dried cherries
2 tbsp. raisins
5 cups water
1/4 cup sugar or honey (to taste)
2 envelopes (14.4 g.) of gelatin (I used Knox Original Gelatine)

Wash dried fruit in warm water. Put dried fruits in saucepan, add water and cook on a low heat for 30 minutes. Add sugar and raisins, let stay about 30 minutes, covered. Strain vzvar through a sieve. Serve cold.

For gelatin dessert: sprinkle gelatin over 1 cup cold vzvar in small saucepan, let stand 1 minute. Stir over low heat until gelatin completely dissolves, combine with 3 cups cold vzvar. Pour into 4 glasses and refrigerate until set.

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  1. […] old times Russians made vzvar from dried fruits. Compote came from French Chiefs and means dessert with fruits, cooked in heavy […]

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