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Strawberry Kissel Recipe - Polish Kisiel Truskawkowy

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Polish Strawberry Kissel or Kisiel Truskawkowy

Polish Strawberry Kissel or Kisiel Truskawkowy

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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 fruit puree that has been thickened with some type of starch, typically potato starch Compare Prices, but they are also common in coffee, chocolate, vanilla and almond flavors.

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Makes about 6 servings of Polish Strawberry Kissel - Kisiel Truskawkowy

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 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


  1. In a large saucepan, bring to boil 1 cup water and sugar. Remove from heat.

  2. Dissolve potato starch Compare Prices 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.
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Kiss my Kisiel, Member JolkaPolka

I forgot all about this interesting Polish dessert until surfing the net yesterday. This recipe makes for a great vegan dessert. I transformed this recipe a bit and it turned out great! I substituted 100% grape juice from Trader Joe's for the sugar and water. I used corn starch instead of potato starch, b/c that is what I had. And, I used frozen raspberries (that I ran through the food processor). I omitted adding cream, but in the future I may use a soy alternative. The dessert was quiet yummy (and nutritious) on its own.

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