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Strawberry Kissel Recipe

Kissel is a common dessert in Russia, Poland, Scandinavian countries, and, of course, Belarus! This recipe is made by cooking pureed fruit with sugar and then using cornstarch to thicken it into a thick, sweet substance. It is usually topped with whipped cream and eaten with a spoon, but it can also be served as a drink!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Belarus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 334kcal


  • Medium-Sized Pot
  • Food Processor
  • Fine Sieve
  • Small Bowl
  • Rubber Spatula
  • 2 Serving Glasses


  • 1 lb strawberries tops cut off & quartered
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ lemon juice from lemon
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup water


  • Add the cleaned pound of strawberries, ½ cup of granulated sugar, and lemon juice of half a lemon into a medium-sized pot. Stir to combine.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the strawberries for about 5-8 minutes, until the strawberries begin to sweat and the liquid comes to a boil.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add the strawberries & liquid into a food processor or blender. Blend until the strawberries are smooth.
  • Run the strawberries through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. Then, put the strained liquid back into the pot over medium heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ¼ cup cornstarch and ½ cup water together and mix until they are fully combined and the cornstarch is dissolved.
  • Pour the cornstarch slurry into the pureed strawberries and stir until the mixture thickens and sticks to your spoon.
  • Pour the liquid into two cups and place them in the fridge to harden.
  • Once cooled and thickened, top each cup with whipped cream and enjoy!


Recipe Copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational or personal use only.
  • Strawberries: Washed, with the tops cut off and quartered. 
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar. 
  • Lemon Juice: I use fresh-squeezed lemon juice if possible. If not, pre-packaged lemon juice will work in a pinch. 
  • Corn Starch: You can also substitute potato starch or arrowroot powder. You may need to add more of these substitutions in order to achieve the same final consistency. 
  • If need be, you can make this recipe using frozen strawberries. Simply add the frozen strawberries to the pot with the sugar and allow them to thaw and cook down at the same time.
  • Lemon zest is a great way to get a more lemon-y flavor from this recipe. Cinnamon would also be a delicious, if not traditional, addition.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 148mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg