Monday, August 25, 2008
Making Memorial Wheat
2 cups of wheat berries (the "soft" ones cook faster; can usually find these from health food store)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. white raisins
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cumin
1 cup finely ground zweiback toasts (optional)
1 cup powdered sugar
dragees or more nuts/ raisens for decoration
Day 1. Cover and soak berries overnight.
Day 2. Drain & rinse. Cover with water in large pot and bring to boil. REduce heat and simmer uncovered 1-3 hours, until puffy and tender (keep covered with water and stir occasionally).
Drain in a colander; rinse and drain again. Spread the wheat our on a smooth dish towel to dry overnight.
Day 3. Light a candle and pray. Mix all ingredients. Put combined mixture on a tray that has been covered with wax paper.
Heap in a mound toward center and press to make smooth.
To top it: Either just sift on 1 cup of powdered sugar, or first sprinkly with 1 cup of finely ground zweiback toast and then with sugar. (the zweiback keep the sugar from absorbing and disappearing into the wheat).
Make a cross in the center with koufeta, dragees, nuts, raisens, whatever.
May Their Memory Be Eternal!