Kutia (christmas pudding)

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
200 grams Wheat grain (7 1/4 oz)
200 grams Poppy seeds
200 millilitres Honey (7/16 pint)
100 grams Walnuts, chopped (3.5 oz)
100 grams Almonds, chopped
50 grams Currants (1.8 oz)
4 \N Figs
4 \N Dates
½ \N Vanilla pod
1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
70 millilitres Rum (1/8 pint)
2 tablespoons Cream
10 \N Almonds, whole

(Keep care: preparation 6 hours !!) Wash the wheat grain, leave to soak in cold water for 6 hours. Drain, then pour 2 l of boiling water over the wheat, cover and cook over a low heat for 3 hours. The grains should be soft but not mushy. Strain the cooked wheat and leave to cool.

Wash the poppy-seeds thoroughly in cold water, scald with boiling water and drain. Pour boiling water over them, bring to a boil, remove from the heat and leave to stand in a warm place for 3 hours.

Drain and mince.

Soak the currants in rum or cognac. Cut the figs and dates into thin strips. Crush vanilla pod in a mortar.

Pour the poppy-seeds into a mixing bowl, add cream, honey, vanilla and lemon peel. Grind for 15 minutes, then add the wheat, crushed walnuts and almonds, currants, figs and dates. Mix well and transfer to a glass bowl. Decorate with whole almonds and chill.

(From: Polish cooking, Warszawa 1993, ISBN 83-85477-34-9) Posted by Rene Gagnaux

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