Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Russian Creme

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This is another recipe that came from my Grandma.  I called her today to ask her where she got it and she said it came from a cookbook a long time ago and she changed it a bit to her liking.  If you are still looking for a great sweet salad to make for Christmas this is it!  We have it every Christmas and I usually make two of them.  One for the Mortenson Christmas and one for the Anderson Christmas.  Most of the time there isn't any left to have the next day.  It's not a quick thing to make because it has to set a few times in the fridge but it is really easy with just basic ingredients.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does and if you take it to a Christmas dinner somewhere let me know the reviews!!

Russian Creme

3/4 cup sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin for the bottom layer plus another 1/2 envelope for the top layer (or 1 teaspoon)
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sour cream (I use light sour cream)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup thawed cool whip (again, I use light here)
15-16 ounce package frozen, sweetened sliced strawberries

In a small saucepan mix sugar, 1 packet gelatin and water.  Over low heat whisk constantly until sugar and gelatin is dissolved.  Water will have a clear look to it.

Add sour cream & vanilla to the water/sugar mixture and whisk until fairly smooth.  Chill until slightly thickened - about 1 1/2 hours.  Remove from fridge and blend in 1 cup cool whip then put into about a 2 quart glass bowl.  It also looks pretty in a glass pedestal.  Put back into fridge for a few hours so it can set.  Here's how the first layer looks before adding the strawberry top.

Finally take 1/4 cup of the strawberry juice from the frozen strawberries and add the 1/2 packet of gelatin in a small bowl.  Microwave for 30 to 40 seconds at a time stirring in between each time until the gelatin is dissolved.  Let sit for about 2 minutes to cool then add the rest of the strawberries and mix well.  Pour over top of the creme base and let sit another couple of hours until the top layer is set.  ENJOY!!

1 comment:

  1. I have heard you talk about this for years- so excited to try it out. Thanks for sharing the recipe!