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While spending a month in St. Petersburg last year, I discovered that despite Russia’s healthy meals, there are plenty of traditional, irresistible Russian desserts that I have never heard of. They can be found in every bakery, and are definitely worth trying!
My favourite one, Картошка (Kartoshka) is a buttercream cake truffle which, when translated from Russian, means potato. I first discovered this amazing, yet small dessert few days after my arrival, as it was offered to me by the host family I was staying with.
Птичье молоко (Ptichye Moloko) is one of the best Russian desserts. The taste of the cake can be described as marshmallows glazed in chocolate. It was the first cake to be invented in Soviet times, by a famous confectioner in the world of Russian sweets, Vladimir Guralnik. Translated to English, Птичье молоко means Bird’s Milk. Its name is a reference to a Slavic legend of something so rare that it’s nearly unattainable, in this case, bird’s milk.
Сырники (Syrniki) are cottage cheese pancakes; one of the greatest Russian desserts. They are often served with cream, jam or honey. As I have experienced, they are also a very famous breakfast meal and are very tasty and easy to make. Definitely worth trying and making while in Russia!
Шоколад Алёнка (Shokolad Alenka), apart from being the most widely sold chocolate bar in Russia, is a symbol of happy childhood to many generations, as it has been in production since 1965 by the Soviet regime. Existing to present day, its wrapping presents a little girl wearing a traditional head kerchief, which was apparently created by a painter who was inspired by his little daughter. It is a must have which can be found in most Russian supermarkets.
By Klaudia Kowalska
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham