Zito (Zhito/Koljivo) - Serbian Wheat Pudding
Ingredients9 h servings 172 cals
- Bring a kettle of water to boil. Continue to refill and heat as needed as the source for water in boiling the wheat.
- Place wheat berries in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Cover with water, about two inches above the level of the berries. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 15 seconds. Drain; discard water.
- Add new water to the wheat, the same amount as before. Repeat until you've brought wheat and water to a boil seven times. During the seventh boil, add the salt. Do not drain.
- Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and wrap with towels (see Cook's Note). Let rest at room temperature overnight.
- The next day, drain any water that hasn't been absorbed overnight. Grind the wheat berries thoroughly in a food processor or a meat grinder. (If you use a blender, you must work in very small batches.) Transfer wheat to a bowl and set aside. Grind the walnuts until fine; add the confectioners' sugar and process until nuts form a fine meal. Add the ground wheat and pulse until mixed.
- Spoon koljivo into a serving dish, preferably a clear glass trifle bowl with straight sides. Garnish by sticking slivered almonds all over the top, like a porcupine.
- Whip the cream in a glass or metal bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Serve by the heaping tablespoon in small decorative bowls or custard cups, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Cook's Notes:
- White wheat is preferable to hard red winter wheat berries. You could also substitute whole spelt berries or farro.
- After cooking the wheat, I place the pot on a blanket on an armchair or couch. I pack it all around with blankets and pillows and let it sit overnight.
Per Serving: 172 calories; 10.9 g fat; 17.9 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; 3 mg cholesterol; 16 mg sodium. Full nutrition
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I tried this one as part of a challenge, and glad that I did! I used Farro that I got from the missing ingredient site here in Canada, and followed the steps pretty much to the letter... but did...