Many fruits can’t be grow in Finland, but instead we have a lot of berries. Raspberries, currants, cranberries, bilberries, lingonberries etc. Couple of weeks ago I found out that what I had called blueberry is in fact bilberry in English. So if I’ve written anything about blueberries earlier I’ve meant bilberries. From now on I promise to use correct names.
Kissel (kiisseli in Finnish) is a common dessert made of juice and fruits or berries, especially bilberries are popular. Kissel can be served with whipped cream, but usually it’s eaten plain. There are also other kissel variations that are made of rhubarb or milk. Thinner kissel is called soup and it can also be made only from juice. Berry soups are often served with porridge, and some people like to drink them. I made bilberry and red currant soup today (2 dl red currants, 4 dl bilberries) and I like it much more than regular bilberry soup/kissel. Bilberried and raspberries is a great combination too.
1 l juice (from concentrate)
1 (or 2) dl sugar
5-6 tbsp potato flour (for kissel)
OR 2-3 tbsp potato flour (for soup)
6-7 dl fresh or frozen berries or diced fruits
Put the berries into a bowl. Mix all the other ingredients in a pot and heat constantly stirring. When you see the first bubble, pour the juice mixture on the berries. Sprinkle a little sugar to prevent the surface forming a skin. Allow to cool and serve.