Sunday, July 15, 2012
The dessert of my childhood
Maitokiisseli, milk kissel, or more describingly, milk pudding was one of the top desserts of my childhood. Maybe because it's very simple and affordable - all you need is milk, potato starch and sugar. I guess this is poor nations' version of creme brulee, crema catalana, pannacotta or whichever white vanilla stuff. I had almost full jar of milk with threatening due date, so I decided to upgrade the recipe a bit:
8,5 dl milk
1,5 dl cream
1 pod of vanilla, cut into half
6 tbs cornstarch
4 tbs sugar
A hint of salt
Mix all the ingredients in a non-sticky kettle. Cook the mixture until it's boiling - you need to mix it all the time. After 2 minutes of boiling, take off the kettle and remove the vanilla pod. Put the kettle into sink with cold water and let it cool down. Mix every now and then. This way you can prevent the "skin formation" on top of the pudding. Dose the pudding into small bowls or cups - there's enough stuff for six if you want bigger portions, or for eight if you prefer normal size. Let it rest in the fridge over night. Serve cold with berries.
The pudding was ok. Maybe a bit lame with strawberries, though. With huge amount of blueberries or some raspberries this would have been perfect, but the flavor of the strawberries was simply not rich enough. Maybe a hint of orange peel would have done it. Have to try that next time.