Ukrainian Christmas Kutya ( Kutia)

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Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep
15 mins
Cook
4 hrs

Svyata Vechera, the Holy Supper, was an important feast on both the Uniate and Orthodox Christian calendars.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 1 12 cups wheat berries, soaked in warm water for 24 hours, and then strained (kernels)
  • 4 12 cups water (or more) or 4 12 cups milk (or more)
  • 34 cup poppy seed
  • 23 cup sliced roasted almonds or 23 cup walnuts
  • 12 cup honey, to taste
  • 23 cup chopped dried apricot (optional)
  • 12 cup raisins
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 1 dash ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, combine wheat kernels and milk.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 3 hours.
  4. Add more liquid as necessary to keep kernels covered.
  5. Scald the poppy seeds with boiling water, drain, and add lukewarm water to cover.
  6. Soak 30 minutes, drain and grind in a food processor.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Drain water from wheat kernels and keep 1/2 cup of the liquid.
  9. Add the honey to the liquid and mix well.
  10. Mix kernels, honey, ground poppy seeds, almonds, apricots, raisins, and salt.
  11. Bake in a 2-quart casserole dish, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
  12. Kutia may be served warm or chilled, and sprinkled with cinnamon, but it is best when prepared several days ahead of time in order for the full flavor to develop.
  13. Kutia can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.