Winter Kissel Recipe

This is a winter kissel that calls for dried fruit. You know what's awesome? You can use any kind of dried fruit you want because it's always in season!

Kissel (pronounced KEE-sell)Β is a fruit soup that is very popular in Europe; usually eaten as dessert. This is a winter kissel that calls for dried fruit. You know what’s awesome? You can use any kind of dried fruit you want because it’s always in season! πŸ˜‰ The cinnamon stick takes this kissel over the top and reminds me of apple cider. And, it will make your house smell Aaaa-mazing!

Ingredients for Winter Kissel (kysil):

2 cups dried fruit (we used about 1/2 cup dried apples, 1/2 cup prunes, 1/2 cup apricots, 1/4 cup craisins)
6 cups boiling hot water
1/2 cup cold water
2 Tbsp potato starch
2-3 Tbsp honey
1 small cinnamon stick

Winter Kissel

How to make Winter Kissel:

1. Rinse and drain the dry fruit then transfer it to a large soup pot along with the cinnamon stick.

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2. Cover fruit with 6 cups boiling water. Cover with lid and let the pot sit off the heat for 30 minutes.

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3. After the 30 minutes, add 2-3 Tbsp of honey to taste, and place the pot on the stove. Bring it to a boil over med/high heat then reduce heat and simmer on low for 5 – 7 minutes.

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4. Mix 2 Tbsp of potato starch with 1/2 cup of cold water and slowly pour it into the soup pot while continuously stirring the soup.

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5. Bring the pot back to a boil and immediately remove it from the heat. Serve warm or cold. You can strain the fruit through a sieve if you just want the juice, but we enjoy the fruit way too much to do that.

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Winter Kissel Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
This is a winter kissel that calls for dried fruit. You know what's awesome? You can use any kind of dried fruit you want because it's always in season!
Kissel (pronounced KEE-sell) is a fruit soup that is very popular in Europe; usually eaten as dessert. This is a winter kissel that calls for dried fruit. You know what's awesome? You can use any kind of dried fruit you want because it's always in season! πŸ˜‰ The cinnamon stick takes this kissel over the top and reminds me of apple cider. And, it will make your house smell Aaaa-mazing!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Servings: 6 (1 cup servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried fruit we used 1/2 cup dried apples, 1/2 cup prunes, 1/2 cup apricots, 1/4 cup craisins
  • 6 cups boiling hot water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 Tbsp potato starch
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 small cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain the dry fruit then transfer it to a large soup pot along with the cinnamon stick.
  2. Cover fruit with 6 cups boiling water. Cover with lid and let the pot sit off the heat for 30 minutes.
  3. After the 30 minutes, add 2-3 Tbsp of honey to taste, and place the pot on the stove. Bring it to a boil over med/high heat then reduce heat and simmer on low for 5 - 7 minutes.
  4. Mix 2 Tbsp of potato starch with 1/2 cup of cold water and slowly pour it into the soup pot while continuously stirring the soup.
  5. Bring the pot back to a boil and immediately remove it from the heat. Serve warm or cold. You can strain the fruit through a sieve if you just want the juice, but we enjoy the fruit way too much to do that.

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  • Astra
    August 24, 2015

    Very tasty! I used dried mango, pineapple and cranberries and am looking forward to trying out every other dried fruit I can get hold of as well. :p Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 24, 2015

      I’m totally trying your version :D, and thank you for the great review. Reply

  • Marilou
    March 9, 2014

    Your recipes are great!!!!! I make the fruit soup too. Can I use cornstarch for the potato flour? I have also used instant tapioca. Keep up the good work.  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2014

      I recommend potato starch. It seems like you can taste the starch more when you use corn starch and I had to use more of it. Reply

  • irka
    January 24, 2014

    OMG!!!!! My Grandmother and Aunt use to whip this up weekly in the winter time with the fruits they canned…..all my friends thought it tasted so good as they had never seen or heard of it before. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2014

      Yes this would be amazing with canned fruit! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Dina
    January 20, 2014

    Natasha, can I skip the honey? I recently discovered that you can’t put honey in hot water, it releases some kind of toxins… Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2014

      From my reading, there is no actual evidence that honey becomes toxic in hot water. It sounds like a myth that has been perpetuated. You can put the honey it at the end and just add it to taste after it’s just very warm if you are truly concerned. πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Dina
        January 21, 2014

        Thanks Natasha! I hope it’s just a myth… cuz I made my tea with honey for the longest time ever and my mom recently told me that you can’t put honey in hot water… Reply

  • Marina
    January 20, 2014

    I have searched for potato starch near and far, where did you find yours?
    P.S. I’m local Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2014

      Rosauers has it. That’s where we bought ours. Also, the European store on fairview and locust grove in Meridian. Reply

    • Iryna B.
      January 21, 2014

      I found it in Asian market and also saw at the Organic section at most grocery stores. Reply

  • Natalia A.
    January 20, 2014

    Oh that looks so yummy. I need one right now. Natasha, thank you for such inspirational ideas. I never used dried fruits for Kissel, from now on it will be my favorite recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2014

      You are welcome Natalia :), let me know how you like it. Reply

  • January 20, 2014

    Yum! Great idea. I never thought to make kisel from dried fruits. My kids love milk kisel, so I just make it for them. πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you Lea, adding a cinnamon stick gives it that extra kick :). P.s. How do you make the milk version? Reply

      • Iryna B.
        January 21, 2014

        same way, Natasha – sweetened your milk, bring to scolding, pour in potato starch mix. Could be lightly thickened to drink or havier, then you eat it with the spoon, cold. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 21, 2014

          Wow that sounds interesting. My m just always made a fruit Kissel. Thanks for sharing! Reply

          • Tanya
            January 22, 2014

            When I was little, my mom used to make red one a little thicker and milk one and she would put it in the bowl red first and when it will cool off then milk one!!! I did few times for my hubby and he loved it!!! I have one suggestions , ladies, don’t ever do any Kisel with corn starch it will ruin color even the taste!!!(from my experience):) thank you Natasha for recepie, I will try your version!!:)

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            January 22, 2014

            Tanya, I haven’t had good success with corn starch either. You can definitely taste the cornstarch and the color does change. Thanks for your input! You’re the second one to mention milk! It must be great! πŸ™‚

  • Liz
    January 20, 2014

    Happy Monday, Natasha. Thank you for the nice recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2014

      You are welcome Liz :). Reply

  • I’ve never had this version of kisel, it sounds really good! but do remember when I was a kid they served strawberry or tart cherry kisel at our daycare πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2014

      Looks like this brought back some memories from the childhood for you Marina :). You just might have to give this recipe a try. Reply

    • January 20, 2014

      Oh wow, you own a daycare? You are so awesome. Reply

      • no))) I used to go to daycare when I was a kid lol
        Two of my own kids are just fine for me lol Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          January 21, 2014

          I was gonna say, wow you are a very busy gal! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • January 20, 2014

      Oh my goodness! I am totally going to make kisel with my frozen pie cherries from a local orchard. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        January 20, 2014

        Wow that sounds delicious. I’m at work reading your comment and you’re making me sooo hungry!! Reply

    • Inna
      January 20, 2014

      Something I really hated in the day care in Ukraine when I was a child. My husband doesn’t understand how can one not like Kissel. I might make it for him. I love all of your recipes who knows maybe I will like this one too. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        January 20, 2014

        Maybe the texture didn’t mesh well with you? You can make this thinner or thicker to your liking. I think this one is just right πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • January 19, 2014

    Yummy! I’m starting to get nostalgic! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you Anastasia :). Reply

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