Polish Strawberry Kissel

Strawberry sauce in glass jug.
Crushed strawberries make this recipe. annick vanderschelden photography / Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Kissels are simple desserts popular among Eastern Europeans. Poles call them kisiel (KEE-shel), Russians call them kisel, Lithuanians say kisielius, and Ukrainians refer to them as kysil.

These easy desserts are usually made with sweetened fruit puree that has been thickened with some type of starch, typically potato starch, cornstarch, or potato flour. Other common non-fruit flavors include coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and almond. Kissels can be served hot or cold and are usually topped with cream or a custard sauce.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or more to taste based on sweetness of fruit)
  • 3 tablespoons potato starch (NOT potato flour) or 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 pound hulled, washed, and crushed strawberries

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, bring to boil 1 cup water and sugar. Remove from heat.
  2. Dissolve potato starch in 1/2 cup cold water and stir into the sugar-water mixture. Return to the heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add strawberries and mix well.
  3. Portion into individual dessert bowls or one large bowl that has been rinsed with cold water. Place in the refrigerator until firm, about 3 hours. Serve with cream, half-and-half, milk, or whipped cream.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 100
    Total Fat 1 g
    Saturated Fat 0 g
    Unsaturated Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 29 mg
    Sodium 13 mg
    Carbohydrates 23 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 1 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)