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Ptichye Moloko (Bird’s Milk)

Ptichye Moloko (Bird’s Milk Dessert): light and fluffy combination of creamy white and cocoa mousse-like layers. Easy dessert done in 30 minutes. This is another famous and classic easy recipe among Ukrainian families. The creamy mousse-like texture just melts in your mouth.

ptichye moloko recipe

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Ptichye Moloko is a must for big holidays, major gatherings or just a random day of the week. It never gets old and you keep craving it so often. It’s extremely easy to make, takes less than 30 minutes to make it and couple hours to set.

You can prepare it the day before the event. The ingredients needed are very simple and very common that you probably already have on hand if you’re a baker.

I’ve always made this recipe in a 5-quart glass dish, slice and serve using a thin metal spatula. This dessert would feed 12-14 people, but in my family of 4 we always get it down in 2 days at a regular day. 🙂 It’s that good!

Most people prefer bird’s milk dessert rather than regular jello. This version of ptichye moloko sets really quickly, therefore, I would not suggest making it for little cups. It will start setting and by the time you fill the cups you’ll have to smooth it out with a spoon making the sides look messy.

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Serving Ptichye Moloko

Use a sharp thin knife when slicing this dessert. Cut slowly and wipe knife off with a clean napkin when needed. Use a metal thin spatula to take each piece out and garnish with white chocolate curls (pieces) for a more elegant look.

Ingredients for Ptichye Moloko:

ingredients for ptichye moloko

Ptichye Moloko Vanilla Layer:

In a glass measuring cup, sprinkle 2 pockets unflavored gelatin over 1 cup cold whole milk. Stir with a disposable spoon, give 5 minutes for gelatin to bloom and then microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring every time until gelatin is dissolved (usually takes 2 minutes). Make sure not to boil! Set aside to slightly cool and for remaining gelatin bubbles to disappear while you beat remaining ingredients. (Note: I always pour the milk and gelatin mixture through a small sieve, to make sure none of the gelatin bubbles get into ptichye moloko; just in case something isn’t fully dissolved).

In a large bowl, combine 16 oz sour cream, 8 oz thawed cool whip and 1/2 cup sugar. Using electric mixer, beat on high speed for about 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved and all ingredients are well combined. Add all of the milk mixture to the bowl at once and beat right away on low speed for 40-60 seconds until everything combined. Quickly pour the cream into a 15×11 baking dish and gently shake the dish to equally spread ptichye moloko throughout the dish. Do not use spatula to spread! It will leave messy edges. Leave it at room temperature while you make the chocolate layer.

birds milk white layer recipe

Ptichye Moloko Chocolate Layer:

In a glass measuring cup, sprinkle 2 pockets unflavored gelatin over 1 cup cold whole milk. Stir with a disposable spoon, give 5 minutes for gelatin to bloom and then microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring every time until gelatin is dissolved (usually takes 2 minutes). Make sure not to boil! Set aside to slightly cool and for remaining gelatin bubbles to disappear while you beat remaining ingredients. (Note: I always pour the milk and gelatin mixture through a small sieve, to make sure none of the gelatin bubbles get into ptichye moloko, in case something isn’t fully dissolved).

Combine and whisk 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. In a large bowl, combine 16 oz sour cream, 8 oz thawed cool whip and combined sugar/cocoa mixture. Beat on high speed for about 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved and all ingredients are well combined. Add all of the milk mixture to the bowl at once and beat right away on low speed for 40-60 seconds until everything is combined. Quickly pour the cream over the white layer from step 1 and gently shake the dish for ptichye moloko to equally spread throughout the dish. Do NOT use spatula.

birds milk chocolate layer

Cover dessert with plastic food wrap. (Having 4 hands for this would be a great idea so you don’t accidentally drop plastic wrap onto ptichye moloko. It will stick).

how to serve ptichye moloko

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to set. Slice ptichye moloko with thin sharp knife. Garnish with white chocolate pieces before serving.

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Ptichye Moloko (Bird’s Milk)

5 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 14 people
Ptichye moloko (bird’s milk): light and fluffy combination of creamy white and cocoa mousse-like layers. Easy dessert done in 30 mins.

Ingredients 

Instructions

Ingredients for Vanilla Layer:

  • In a glass measuring cup, sprinkle 2 pockets unflavored gelatin over 1 cup cold whole milk. Stir with a disposable spoon, give 5 minutes for gelatin to bloom and then microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring every time until gelatin is dissolved (usually takes 2 minutes). Make sure not to boil! Set aside to slightly cool and for remaining gelatin bubbles to disappear while you beat remaining ingredients. (Note: I always pour the milk and gelatin mixture through a small sieve, to make sure none of the gelatin bubbles get into ptichye moloko; just in case something isn’t fully dissolved).
  • In a large bowl, combine 16 oz sour cream, 8 oz thawed cool whip and 1/2 cup sugar. Beat on high speed for about 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved and all ingredients are well combined. Add all of the milk mixture to the bowl at once and beat right away on low speed for 40-60 seconds until everything combined. Quickly pour the cream into a 15×11 baking dish and gently shake the dish to equally spread ptichye moloko throughout the dish. Do not use spatula to spread! It will leave messy edges. Leave it at room temperature while you make the chocolate layer.

Ingredients for Chocolate Layer:

  • In a glass measuring cup, sprinkle 2 pockets unflavored gelatin over 1 cup cold whole milk. Stir with a disposable spoon, give 5 minutes for gelatin to bloom and then microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring every time until gelatin is dissolved (usually takes 2 minutes). Make sure not to boil! Set aside to slightly cool and for remaining gelatin bubbles to disappear while you beat remaining ingredients. (Note: I always pour the milk and gelatin mixture through a small sieve, to make sure none of the gelatin bubbles get into ptichye moloko, in case something isn’t fully dissolved).
  • Combine and whisk 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. In a large bowl, combine 16 oz sour cream, 8 oz thawed cool whip and combined sugar/cocoa mixture. Beat on high speed for about 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved and all ingredients are well combined. Add all of the milk mixture to the bowl at once and beat right away on low speed for 40-60 seconds until everything is combined. Quickly pour the cream over the white layer from step 1 and gently shake the dish for ptichye moloko to equally spread throughout the dish. Do NOT use spatula.
  • Cover dessert with plastic food wrap. (Having 4 hands for this would be a great idea so you don’t accidentally drop plastic wrap onto ptichye moloko. It will stick). Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to set. Slice ptichye moloko with thin sharp knife. Garnish with white chocolate pieces before serving.