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3 dessert bowls filled with Russian Creme Custard

Russian Crème Custard

Russian Crème Custard is the luscious and grin-coaxing Casanova of the dessert tray.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling: 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: custard, dessert, easy, panna cotta, pudding, raspberry, Valentine's Day
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 401kcal
Cost: $1.45 per serving

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  • medium saucepan
  • dessert cups or bowls (6)


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    Ingredients for Russian Crème Custard

      for the custard

      • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
      • 3/4 cups sugar
      • 1 sachet unflavored gelatin about 1 1/2 teaspoons
      • 1 cup sour cream
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract I am using Heilala
      • 1/2 cup water cold

      for the raspberry sauce

      • 1 1/2 teaspoons seedless red raspberry preserves
      • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
      • 6 ounces raspberries fresh, for garnish


      The Method

      • 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: 1serving | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1123IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg

      Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.