Orange and ginger kissel – what a lovely surprise

I got my favorite magazine in the post last Friday and I’ve been dying to cook something since then. I’m really not into Christmas food so therefore I was really looking forward to this January edition.

I posted a quick picture on my facebook page today of what I was cooking then and now you’ll see what it was. Kissel! I’m not sure how many of you know what it is or how many of you like it but this one was a lovely surprise. If you are Finnish you would call this ‘kiisseli’. Kissel is a fruit soup, popular as a dessert. It is thickened with arrowroot, cornstarch or potato starch. I actually make this very often from our own berries for the kids during the winter and they love it. This kissel I’m now writing about is an orange and ginger one with vanilla flavored mascarpone cheese.

Orange and Ginger Kissel with vanilla flavored mascarpone

So here is the very tasty recipe!

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1 l fresh orange juice (1 orange = approx. 1 dl orage juice) or use store bought juice
3 tablespoon potato starch
1.5 – 2 dl cane sugar
3 cm piece of fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

Vanilla flavored mascarpone
150g-200g mascarpone
1/2 dl powdered sugar
1 tl vanilla sugar

1. Squeeze the orange juice or use store bought juice.
2. Take 1dl of the orange juice to the side and add the potato starch to it. Mix. Pour the rest of the juice and the sugar into a pan. Peel the ginger and slice it into thin pieces. Add it to the pan.
3. Warm the juice until steaming hot and pour the juice/starch carefully into the pan stirring at the same time. bring the mixture to a boil.
4. Let the kissel cool down by lifting the pan into cold water or put it outside if it is cold enough.
5. Mix the powdered sugar and vanilla sugar to the mascarpone.
6. Take the ginger pieces out of the kissel if you want and pour kissel into glasses. Put spoonfuls of mascarpone on top. Serve.

  Orange and Ginger Kissel with vanilla flavored mascarpone

Notes! If the kissel becomes a little too thick you can pour a bit of water into it. It shouldn’t be jello. I also think that you can switch the mascarpone to something else like vanilla ice cream. I’m sure that would be delicious as well.

But do try this. I did a big bowl of it today and we have none left. The adults loved it but also the kids. I’m going to have to make more very soon….and not tell anyone.

-Alina

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