Russia is known for many different things, as you probably realize, but one thing you probably haven’t thought of is the desserts. When you think of Russia you think of the amazing architecture, you think of the famous chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fisher, and you think of the cold war. We’re going to change your way of thinking – we’re going to turn you on to the greatest desserts known to mankind.
This is without a doubt one of the greatest things that Russia has come up with. Gingerbread was actually a Russian invention, so every time you eat a ginger bread house in America, you can thank the Russians. While much of the basis came from the Middle East, they put their own spin on the recipe and made it their own. Essentially what you have here is a square slab of cake filled with either jam or condensed milk. It has become so popular that Tula even opened a museum dedicated to it in the 90’s.
If you ever look at Pastila one of the first things that you’re going to think of is Turkish Delight. If you’ve never heard of Turkish Delight there is a good chance you’ve never read or see the Chronicles of Narnia. Now you might think that Pastila sounds a bit exotic, but it actually just uses sour apples and egg whites. Now over the years the dish has become much more exhaustive and complicated (time complicates everything) but it has also become tastier!
Americans would probably cringe at this treat, though we think it’s pretty delicious. The recipe calls for soft dough, and raw eggs which are molded into sticks. They are deep fried and doused with honey before being left to harden. If you’re looking for a traditional Russian dessert, then it doesn’t get much better than this.
We saved the best for last, and we’d like to point out that while it’s very basic, sometimes we need to get back to the basics in order to find excellence. Over the centuries, Apples have become a favorite ingredient in Russian desserts, and even though food has become less scarce in the modern age, tradition calls for apples, and Russian cooks have found plenty of ways to make them sweet. The baked apple, or at least one variety of it is presented with a removed core and soaked in honey before being baked. As always, an apple a day does keep the doctor away, and it’s also a great way to shed excess pounds
Russia has plenty of great foods, and their deserts are nothing to laugh at. Don’t take our word for it—look up the recipes and perhaps look even harder to find other great Russian deserts. It’s a culture of taste that you absolutely have to explore.