Zefir Russian dessert


Russian tea time treat Zefir

Zefir is Russian sweets made from fruit and berry puree, some sugar and egg white. This excellent tea-time desert has a fruity taste and its spongy texture similar to marshmallow.

Another very popular variation of this confectionery is “zefir-v-shokolade” – chocholate-coated zefir.



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Halva tea time treat


Russian tea time treat halva

Halva is a brick of sweet paste which can be made from nuts, beans and even lentils. Many countries have their variation of this confectionery which can significantly vary in taste, texture and look.

Halva popular in Russia and some other Eastern European countries is made from sunflower seeds paste. The texture of this halva is shortbread-like and buttery and its taste remotely resembles peanut butter.

Goes well with a lovely cup of milky tea. Yum!



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Russian Tula gingebread


Russian gingerbreads

Gingerbread is very popular in Russia and you can find a lot of varieties with different fillings or without. This popularity is reflected in many idioms mentioning this confectionery, for instance: “Even gingerbread won’t entice him/her to do something” (meaning a person will not get tempted to do something no matter what is offered in exchange).

A carrot and stick approach in Russian is called “gingerbread and whip” approach.

The most famous of all Russian gingerbreads is an imprinted Tula gingerbread from the city of Tula. Modern Tula gingerbreads typically contain jam or condensed milk, while traditionally they were made with honey. It has a rectangular and flat shape, and the imprinting is made with a help of a special printing form.

By the way, there is another traditional item associated with the abovementioned city — Tula samovar, because this city used to be a capital of samovar production. And an idiom “Going to Tula with your own samovar” means “bringing something of your own to a place where this same thing is in abundance and of much better quality”.

Anyway, Tula gingerbreads that are nowadays produced in compact-sized packages and along with other gingerbreads, are one of the most favourite tea-time treats in Russia.

Russian Tula gingerbread


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Sweet Russian curd snack

Curd snack

Curd snack (Rus. “glazirovannyi syrok”, literally coated cheese) is a delicious compact size diary snack. It is made of sweet pressed mass of curd or quark cheese and has chocolate coating or icing.

To crown it, this delicacy can have a filing of poppy seeds, condensed milk or jam.

This tiny treat is a great tea-time dessert. Even if you are not a fan of dairy products, you’re going to love this snack.

Curd snack Russian tea time treat syrok