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Mother’s Day Gift: Bourbon Vanilla Russian Bird’s Milk Candy (aka Ptiche Moloko)

May 11, 2011

Mother’s Day was already 4 days ago, but I just couldn’t post this on time since I was quite busy last week-end. Sorry for making you wait, guys. ^-^

As you can see, this year’s Mother’s Day gift are some homemade Russian candies whereas I have to admit that these are my absolutely favorite choice of sweets whenever I visit the Russian grocery store “Wostok” on the opposite side of our street xD. As far as I know, these delicacies are called “Ptiche Moloko” which literally means “Bird’s Milk” (please tell me if I am wrong), but don’t be scared! I promise you, you won’t need to use any bird’s milk to make these. Besides we all know that birds actually are not able to produce any milk, don’t we? 😉

Maybe, you’ll wonder why I decided to make Russian candies for my mother and not anything else so I am gonna give two simple reasons:

-First, when you compare German sweets with Russian ones , then you will notice that they are by far not as sweet as   their counterpart, just the right amount of sugar to give them a unique taste.

-And in the second place I have to mention that my mother used to spend several years living in Volgograd/ Russia working as a Russian-Vietnamese interpreter for a company, so I really wanted to make something that will remind her of her older times.

And due to my mother’s background, our whole family is also quite familiar with the Russian culture, like we do our shopping in Russian grocery stores and enjoy Russian dishes from time to time. Besides my mother has some good Russian acquaintances as well and even my piano teacher was Ukrainian, although I can’t speak Russian at all. So I just left the part of conversation to my mother  😀

Store-bought Bird's milk candy

But now, let’s have a look back at our Bird’s milk candy. Actually, these candies are not something that are hard to get here. As I have mentioned before, I just have to go a couple of metres and buy them at the grocery store in order to enjoy them. There, we have also the choice between different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and lemon etc. The candies usually consist of a flavored, soft milk soufflé (the consistency kinda resembles marshmallows) made with sweetened condensed milk and are covered with dark chocolate icing (I used white icing in my homemade version). In fact, they are not only eaten in Russia but rather in all Soviet countries since they are that good ^^

Okay,… Well, I think that’s it. I don’t have anything to say anymore, so at this point, it’s best to finally share the recipe with you, right 😉 Oh, wait! PS: Mom. Love ya lots :-*

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Recipe adapted from Cook Book of Trial and Error 

Ingredients:

40 gr Agar Agar powder

250 ml water

300 gr sugar

20 gr Bourbon Vanilla sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

250 gr unsalted butter at room temperature

3oo gr can sweetened condensed milk

4 egg whites, chilled

a pinch of baking powder

your favorite topping (almonds, walnuts etc. I used red-skinned raw peanuts)

800 gr white candy melts

Besides:

hand mixer

rubber spatula

three 5″x7″  lunch boxes

some little plastic bags

Directions:

  1. Combine Agar Agar powder with 250 ml water in a little pot, bring to boil and let simmer for about 3 mins.
  2. Reduce the heat, then add the sugar, vanilla sugar and lemon juice to the mixture and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until foamy, then add a bit baking powder and continue beating the eggs until stiff.
  4. In another bowl, cream together the butter with the sweetened condensed milk using a hand mixer.
  5. Next, fold in carefully the butter cream into the beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula.
  6. After that also fold in your Agar Agar mixture. Let everything set for about 5 mins.
  7. Meanwhile, line your lunch boxes with some little plastic bags. See picture below.
  8. Now, take your soufflé mixture and divide it evenly in the 3 lunch boxes and smooth.
  9. Put the boxes in the fridge and let set overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  10. The next day, flip the soufflé onto a wooden bread board and cut each soufflé piece into 15 squares.
  11. Melt the candy melts in a double boiler or even in microwave and dip your squares into the mixture.
  12. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add your favorite topping while it is still wet and allow to dry.
  13. Keep in refrigerator.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2011 8:15 pm

    I’ve never had these, but they look super yummy! I need to find out where I can buy these :D).

    • May 19, 2011 3:30 pm

      I think they are only available at Russian grocery stores since I have never seen them in normal supermarkets before. But I still wish you good luck 😉 !

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