Kutia (Christmas pudding)

From: r.gagnaux@chnet.ch (Rene Gagnaux)
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1993 12:00:00 +0100
>From my holiday in Poland, a typical polish recipe:
   Servings:  8

    200 g  Wheat grain (7 1/4 oz)
    200 g  Poppy seeds
    200 ml Honey (7/16 pint)
    100 g  Walnuts, chopped (3.5 oz)
    100 g  Almonds, chopped
     50 g  Currants (1.8 oz)
      4    Figs
      4    Dates
    1/2    Vanilla pod
      1 ts Grated lemon peel
     70 ml Rum (1/8 pint)
      2 tb Cream
     10    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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