Category: Beverages

Vanilla Coffee Jell-o Cubes in Cold Milk

Simple and easy dessert for sunny days. Great use for leftover coffee. I used vanilla coffee and 2% milk.

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Pumpkin Pie Syrup

Yielding craze for pumpkin pie spice I made my own syrup. Great for coffee drinks, waffles and pancakes and ice-cream too. It’s looks and feels a little slimy because of pumpkin puree, but taste is good. I used my Pumpkin Pie Spice mix (recipe following) and homemade pumpkin puree. Recipe adapted from Rodal News.

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Russian Fruit Beverage – Kompot

In old times Russians made vzvar from dried fruits. Compote came from French Chiefs and means dessert with fruits, cooked in heavy syrup. Russians made it like beverage, cold or hot – kompot.

In Soviet Russia kompot was very popular (and cheap) dessert in food places (stolovaya). It was in most complete lunches.

My grandma always made big pot of kompot  for our summer visits and cool it in bathtub with cold water. And there were always homemade, canned, three-liter jars with kompot in our shelves for winter. Any fruits (fresh or frozen) in any combination would works. Most popular is apple, pears, plums, apricots, strawberries, raspberries and sour cherries.

Today I made my cold kompot  from couple fresh-picked and slightly dented peaches, couple black plums and overripe nectarine.

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Sorrel, Apple and Mint Kissel

One more Russian dessert with potato starch. I grow sorrel in my backyard, it’s spinach-like leaves with sour taste. Apple adds structure and mint adds a little fresh kick. Recipe adapted from Russian blog.

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Homemade Lilac Syrup

It’s lilac season in my backyard, so I made some fragrant and tasty syrup. It’s great in lemonades or on top of vanilla ice-cream.

Homemade Lilac Syrup

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