Ukrainian Ryazhanka

Fermented Caramelized Milk
Fermented Caramelized Milk
Share it on your social network:
Or you can just copy and share this url


8 cups Whole milk
3 ½ tbsp Sour cream

Nutritional information


Ukrainian Ryazhanka


Ukrainian Ryazhanka – is a delicious and wholesome drink the whole family will enjoy. Making ryazhanka at home may sound fancy, but it’s actually not. You need only two ingredients and a Dutch oven. And after you’ve done it once, you’ll be making it over and over again. It tastes extra smooth, thick, creamy, and so comforting. A little tangy and a little sweet, this drink makes for a healthy addition to your breakfast or snack.

The recipe is easy and requires only 10 minutes of hands-on time. Baking the whole milk at low oven temperature for 5 to 6 hours results in a light brown color and delicate caramel flavor. The next step is to cool the milk and add 1 tablespoon of sour cream for every two cups of baked milk. I like to mix the sour cream with a small amount of baked milk first and then pour it into the pot with the remaining warm milk. It’s important to cool the baked milk off to 110 °F before adding the sour cream. If the milk is too hot, it will kill the cultures in the sour cream. So I highly recommend using an instant-read thermometer for accuracy. Cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel and leave it at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. Now, transfer the ryazhanka to jars and chill.

To make the Ukrainian Ryazhanka, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Ukrainian Ryazhanka

More Ukrainian Recipes

Steps to make Ukrainian Ryazhanka


Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 225 °F.


Heat milk


In a Dutch oven over medium heat, bring to a simmer 8 cups whole milk, stirring often.


Bake milk


Transfer the milk to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 5 to 6 hours until a golden-brown crust forms on top. Once baked, remove the milk from the oven and cool slightly.


Remove crust


Remove the crust. You can eat it or save it to serve later on top of a glass of ryazhanka.


Transfer to measuring cup


Pour the milk into a liquid measuring cup to determine its volume. You will need 1 tablespoon of sour cream for every 2 cups of baked milk. Leave to cool at room temperature, uncovered, to 110 °F.


Combine milk and sour cream


In a small bowl, combine 3 ½ tablespoons sour cream with a small amount of baked milk until smooth. Add the sour cream milk mixture to the remaining milk and stir until well combined.


Cover and leave for fermentation


Cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel and leave in a warm place for 12 hours or overnight.


Pour in jar


Pour the ryazhanka into a large jar, cover with a coffee filter and screw on the lid. Transfer to the fridge to chill before serving.



Serve chilled. Store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Enjoy!

The recipe for Ukrainian Ryazhanka requires just two staple ingredients and makes for a wholesome and delicious summer drink. This slightly sweet and slightly tangy drink is packed with protein and amazing caramel flavor. Give this recipe a try soon, and let us know how you like it!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

Chilled Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup Recipes– Homemade Chilled Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup – Easy Chilled Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup
Chilled Cucumber, Dill and Yogurt Soup
Beer Bread with Cheddar Recipe-Yeast Beer Bread-Cheddar Beer Bread-Easy Cheddar Beer Bread
Beer Bread with Cheddar
Add Review
Add Comment

Recipe Reviews

Average Rating:
Total Reviews: 11

Similar to yogurt, but with an unusual taste.

Samuel Danson

Creamy healthy drink

Meagan Montvielle

Followed this recipe with whole milk fresh from the farm, worked out perfectly, thanks.


Thanks for the recipe, I made it with Instant Pot.

Eve Sand

I just heard about this drink and had to look for a recipe! Thanks!


I made some, it came out tasting very sour.

Teddy S

Thanks for the healthy snack recipe!


Our collection of traditional and popular Ukrainian recipes is here: Popular Ukrainian Recipes or Ukrainian Food.

Danny Gray

Thanks for the recipe! A few tips: Stick to kefir, yogurt, or something with live lactic acid bacteria for a safe drink.

Anastasia Gevan

I liked this caramelized flavor. Thanks!


Delicious summer drink! Thanks for sharing healthy recipe.

Write your own review

You can optionally upload your own image along with a review