Kissel is a popular East European fruit soup generally served as dessert. Made of sweetened juice the dessert is thickened with arrowroot, cornstarch or potato starch.
Sometimes even red wine or fresh or dried fruits are added. Served hot or cold, generally with semolina pudding kissel can also be served on pancakes or with ice cream.
Kissel derives its name from the Slavic for sour as often it is sour tasting fruits that are used.
has it that the dessert saved a city besieged by nomadic Pechenegs in the 10th Century. When food became scarce the citizens made kissel from the remnants of grain, and a sweet drink from the last mead they could find.
Impressed by the Russian effort, the Pechenegs lifted the siege.
The most popular flavours are strawberry, gooseberry, and raspberry.