Winter Kissel Recipe
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
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! ;) The cinnamon stick takes this kissel over the top and reminds me of apple cider. And, it will make your house smell Aaaa-mazing!
- 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
Rinse and drain the dry fruit then transfer it to a large soup pot along with the cinnamon stick.
Cover fruit with 6 cups boiling water. Cover with lid and let the pot sit off the heat for 30 minutes.
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.
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.
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.