Ukrainian Christmas Kutya ( Kutia)

Recipe by Olha7397
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READY IN: 4hrs 15mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

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 1/2 cups milk (or more)
  • 34
  • 23
    cup sliced roasted almonds or 2/3 cup walnuts
  • 12
    cup honey, to taste
  • 23
    cup chopped dried apricot (optional)
  • 12
    cup raisins
  • 1
    pinch salt, to taste
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a medium pot, combine wheat kernels and milk.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 3 hours.
  • Add more liquid as necessary to keep kernels covered.
  • Scald the poppy seeds with boiling water, drain, and add lukewarm water to cover.
  • Soak 30 minutes, drain and grind in a food processor.
  • Set aside.
  • Drain water from wheat kernels and keep 1/2 cup of the liquid.
  • Add the honey to the liquid and mix well.
  • Mix kernels, honey, ground poppy seeds, almonds, apricots, raisins, and salt.
  • Bake in a 2-quart casserole dish, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Kutia can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
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