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       Title: KUTIA (CHRISTMAS PUDDING)
  Categories: Polish, Desserts
       Yield: 8 servings
  
     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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