Preparing for holidays or parties always brings an exciting note of anticipation into the home. During my childhood, I remember all the bustling and planning as I watched my Mama in a flurry of activity. She seemed to understand my longing to be part of the action, even as a little 5 year old, and would give me little jobs here and there so I could feel involved.
Lebedushka was one of the desserts that was almost always on the menu, from the days of my childhood and even now that all of my siblings and I are married and have homes of our own. It’s a two layer gelatin dessert, with the first layer consisting of a creamy ricotta mixture, and the top layer is fruit and a flavored gelatin. Our family really loved this dessert and we always got rave reviews and recipe requests from guests.
As I grew older and started to make this dessert myself, I realized that this is high on the list of the cook as well, because it’s so easy to make, can be made ahead of time and looks absolutely stunning. It’s very versatile as well. You can serve it in individual portions or chill it in any deep rimmed dish and cut it into different shapes. You can also use many different fruit and berry combinations as well as use any flavor of gelatin that you like.
This year, I was really excited to try out the Blendtec blender. I was so impressed with this incredible kitchen workhorse. You can read more about my thoughts about this blender in this post. Lebedushka is one of my favorite family recipes that I created for their website. To get the recipe, check it out on the Blendtec website.