Have you ever heard about kisiel, Polish dessert? Posted by on Jul 29, 2020 in cooking, Culture, food

Kisiel is healthy (zdrowy), light (lekki) and perfect for every day, any time of the year! I remember eating it as a child all the time and we absolutely loved it!

Kisiel is a very simple and quick dessert (prosty i szybki deser), very popular in Eastern Europeans countries. These easy desserts are usually made with sweetened fruit puree that has been thickened with some type of starch, typically potato starch, cornstarch, or potato flour. If you use less thickening starch, you can drink it.

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It can be served cold or hot, it can be served by itself, with whipped cream, with fresh fruit as well…or even better…with vanilla ice cream. I like it hot in the winter and cold in the summer of course, but it is totally up to you.

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What I love about it is that it is super easy to make, either from the scratch or from a packet. You can buy the packets and most of the Polish stores or stores with European food and they are very inexpensive.

The most popular flavors are strawberry (truskawkowy), raspberry (malinowy) – my favorite, and cranberry (żurawinowy), but you can also find cherry (wiśniowy), red currant (porzeczkowy), prunes (śliwkowy) and apricot (morelowy) flavors!

I remember my mother making it for us pretty often, since I grew up on a fruit farm. A lot of times it was served as a light dinner, not dessert, at our house.

Of course the packet instructions are easy, but making it from the scratch is really easy too!

Here are couple great recipes you can try:

Using fresh fruit:

Polish strawberry kisiel recipe

Using frozen fruit:

Winter kisiel with cranberries

Let me how you like it!




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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Lynne Drummond:


  2. lucy:

    Hi … it is not only a dessert but also my surname 🙂
    I’m sorry I don’t speak any Polish, I’m English, but I’m hoping to learn.