Russian Cream. The first time I heard of this dessert, it sounded like an alcoholic beverage from a Bond movie. Turns out it is not even remotely alcoholic or overtly (or discretely) lascivious. It’s just rich and creamy and cool, unbelievably easy and perfect for all the spring and summer months we have ahead of us. One of my favorite things is that you can easily customize it–the basic recipe just uses vanilla, but you could easily add orange, lemon, lime, or coconut extract to mix things up.
Equipment-wise, you’re going to need 8 small ramekins or parfait dishes. Now is the perfect time to buy those adorable ramekins you’ve been eyeballing at Target or Pier 1. And if your significant other asks you why you need them, you can tell them it’s a James Bond thing and they just need to trust you in the matter of the ramekins.
Ingredients-wise, you’ll need sour cream (light is fine), heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract (plus others if you want them), a packet of gelatin (or a scant tablespoon if you’re measuring it out), and granulated sugar.
Can we pause for a moment to admire the sour cream in all its wonder?
Take a small saucepan…
Add the sugar…
and the gelatin…
and whisk them together. Whisk in the cold water and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
While the mixture is standing, whisk the vanilla into the sour cream
and set aside.
After the gelatin mixture has sat for 5 minutes, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When boiling, remove from heat and whisk in cream. Very slowly whisk in the sour cream mixture, then distribute evenly among 6-8 ramekins.
Chill for at least 4 hours.
When ready to serve, top with berries.Print
Quick and easy (but elegant) dessert, perfect for spring and summer!
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 packet unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 12 ounces sour cream (light is fine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Fresh berries
- Whisk together the sugar and gelatin in a small saucepan and whisk in the cold water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
- While the mixture is standing, whisk the vanilla into the sour cream and set aside.
- When the gelatin mixture has sat for 5 minutes, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When boiling, remove from heat and whisk in cream. Very slowly whisk in the sour cream mixture, then distribute evenly among 6-8 ramekins. Chill for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, top with berries.
- *If you’d like to mix up the flavors a little, try reducing the vanilla to 1/2 teaspoon and then adding a teaspoon of your favorite extract–lemon, orange, coconut, and lime are all great choices!
- Serving Size: 8