Russian Crème Custard

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3 hours 10 minutes
6 servings

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Russian Crème Custard is the luscious and grin-coaxing Casanova of the dessert tray.


I’m kind of feeling like love is precipitously brimming, my Russian Crème Custard freshly made and the smell of fresh raspberries filling my kitchen. Valentine’s Day arrives soon enough, and I have planned a small gathering convened around this, the sweetest of days. Among my many confections premiering at the party, will be these demure Russian Crème Custards. A ‘tease of a taste,’ amounting to only three or four spoonful’s, crème custards are the luscious and grin-coaxing Casanovas of the dessert tray.

Watch my video for how to easily prepare Russian Crème Custard!


Russian Crème Custard tastes like romance served in a pretty glass.

Russian Crème Custard is simple to prepare which can make a gal feel a wee bit guilty receiving accolades for a job well done. The compliments are justified, but for something that is far less time consuming than is revealed.

a bowl of sugar and a bowl of raspberries

Bottom line, far less hands-on time is required to accomplish this dessert. It does however, require patience awaiting the custard to set once the components are combined, but otherwise, it’s a doddle. Russian Crème Custard tastes like romance served in a pretty glass.

the creme custard in a bowl before it is chilled

This recipe typically yields six parfaits. I however am using smallish sherry glasses to serve in, so I’m stretching my custard to manage eight servings. Again, this is a tasting party and not a dinner, so I am going for the tease so guests may enjoy numerous other small sweets that I will have available, served alongside heavy handheld hors d’oeuvres. Love is in the air, isn’t it? It’s Valentine’s Day…

Russian Creme Custard with spoons and a bowl of raspberries

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3 dessert bowls filled with Russian Creme Custard

Russian Crème Custard

Jenny DeRemer
Russian Crème Custard is the luscious and grin-coaxing Casanova of the dessert tray.
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 401 kcal



for the custard

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 sachet unflavored gelatin about 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract I am using Heilala
  • ½ cup water cold

for the raspberry sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons seedless red raspberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 ounces raspberries fresh, for garnish


prepare the custard

  • In small saucepan, gently warm the heavy cream and sugar over medium heat, whisking constantly until the sugar fully dissolves. Remove the cream mixture from heat and set aside.
  • In a separate saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water and let stand 5 minutes to soften.
  • Heat gently and whisk until gelatin dissolves.
  • Stir the gelatin mixture into the cream mixture. Transfer to medium bowl and stir in both the sour cream and the vanilla. Whisk until very smooth.
  • Cover and refrigerate until mixture thickens to the consistency of yogurt, about 45 minutes.

make the raspberry sauce

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the preserves and lemon juice, stirring to completely break up the preserves. Cool.


  • Layer cream mixture and raspberry sauce in 6 dessert glasses. Cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours. Garnish with fresh raspberries before serving.


If the raspberry sauce sinks beneath the custard, do not worry. This can happen if your custard is not cooked until very viscous, similar to yogurt. It can also happen if your custard has not had adequate time to chill. I have had this happen and the result was still WONDERFUL. With each spoonful, a surprise ‘pocket of fruit’ is discovered and savored! 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 56mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 1123IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Megan, this dessert IS absolutely amazing! Please, please do try it. It is one of the quicker, easier recipes I have put up in a while. Just trying to make all of the Momma’s out there have an easier time of a fantastic Valentine’s dinner!

    1. It’s a great little dessert because it’s just that – little. Not too sweet, either. Thank you for logging on and commenting Monika. You absolutely know how much it means!

  1. Yummy, looks good!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 41 for All Things Love and Valentine’s Day, open until February 7. Shared on social media.