“Russian Cream” Recipe for Adoption Day!

We officially adopted Anna, our 9 ½ year old, six years ago today!  As we left the Russian courtroom that day after our “interrogation,” a woman from the orphanage handed me the only baby picture we have of Anna, which I was not expecting.  I burst into tears.

In honor of “Anna’s Adoption Day,” here is the recipe for “Russian Cream,” an almost to-die-for dessert, similar to what a non-frozen ice cream might be like. 🙂

It’s very simple, which is nice, since I get many requests to make Russian Cream for special occasions.  We usually serve it with sliced and sugared strawberries.  (As usual, I’m doubling the recipe, since one recipe is NOT ENOUGH for our family!)


Combine the following in a medium saucepan, let sit for 2 minutes, then bring to a boil (stirring constantly)…

1 ½ c. sugar*
2 envelopes gelatin
1 c. water

Remove from heat and add…

2 c. heavy cream
3 c. sour cream (no substitutes)
1 t. vanilla (I also add a few drops of almond extract)

Pour into heatproof serving bowl and chill for 8 hours or until set.  The recipe says that this should serve 12, but if you like it, it won’t!  (I mean, you won’t get as much as you want!)  It’s enough for our family, 8 ½ eaters–and Grandma.

*Note:  I usually substitute 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup for 3/4 cup of the sugar AND 3/4 cup of the water to make it less “refined,” as in, more natural.


One response to this post.

  1. I think it should be pointed out for the record (and for people who don’t know us) that while the picture (if you click on it) makes it look like Anna only has one leg, she actually has two.


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