One of the first recipes young Moldovan cooks master is the Kirsov, a pudding-like dessert made from sweet potatoes or yams. It is named for Chrisova, a commune “populated area” in southern Moldavia. The area is known for excellent foods from its rich soil and traditional agricultural methods.

One of the first recipes young Moldovan cooks master is the Kirsov, a pudding-like dessert made from sweet potatoes or yams.

It is named for Chrisova, a commune “populated area” in southern Moldavia. The area is known for excellent foods from its rich soil and traditional agricultural methods.

Kirsov

4 large sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and grated 1⁄4 cup light molasses 1⁄4 cup honey 1⁄2 cup buttermilk 2 eggs 1⁄2 up melted butter 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

Whisk all ingredients together except for potatoes. Then add potatoes, and stir. Pour into a greased baking dish, and bake uncovered for 90 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve in pudding cups with whipped cream, chopped nuts or raisins on top. Serves 6-8.

Notes: Grate the potatoes just before mixing to avoid a blackish color caused by oxidation. Toppings include fresh berries, whipped cream or chopped nuts.