Guryev porridge (Guriev kasha) is a Russian porridge (kasha) dessert dish prepared from semolina and milk with the addition of nuts (hazelnut, walnuts, almonds), kaimak (creamy foams) and dried fruits. Traditional preparation of the dish involves preparing milk skins and separating the dish's ingredients by layers with the skin between each layer. It is considered a traditional dish of Russian cuisine, but it was invented only at the beginning of the 19th century.
It has been stated that Guryev porridge was invented by Zakhar Kuzmin, a serf chef of the retired major of the Orenburg dragoon regiment Georgy Jurisovsky, who was visited by Guryev. Subsequently, Guriev bought Kuzmin with his family and made him a regular chef in his court. According to another version, Guryev himself came up with a recipe for porridge.
It was a beloved dish of Emperor Alexander III. Prior to the October 17, 1888 train crash that Alexander III was on, the emperor was served this dish for dessert. When the waiter came to the emperor to pour the cream, a terrible blow occurred, and the train derailed.
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