Recipe for Greek Style Raisin Pudding

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In Greece, some of the most unique and flavorful desserts involve healthy ingredients, such as raisins and nuts. This unique pudding is made from raisins and is sweetened with aromatic Greek honey.

Greek Style Raisin Pudding (Moustalevria) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups seedless, dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup sweet red wine, such as Mavrodaphne
  • 1/2 cup hot water, plus more as needed
  • 1/3 cup semolina
  • 1 tablespoon Greek honey
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almonds

How to Make Raisin Pudding:

Pour the raisins into a bowl and pour the wine and hot water. Stir gently so that all the raisins are covered in liquid. Cover the bowl with a towel and set the mixture aside on the countertop for two hours so that the liquid can absorb into the raisins.

Pulse the raisins and liquid together into a food processor until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. You’ll want to place the sieve in a bowl because you’ll need the liquid. Press the solid material down with a wooden spoon to extract as much of the liquid as possible.

All told, you’ll want 1 1/2 cups of liquid. After you’re done straining it, measure the liquid to make sure you have enough. If you don’t top it off with hot water.

Pour the semolina into heavy saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of the raisin liquid and the Greek honey. Stir vigorously to make a paste. Stir in the rest of the liquid. When well combined, place the mixture over a burner that has been set to medium.

Stirring vigorously throughout the cooking process, let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce to low heat after it boils and cook for another four minutes while continuing to stir.

Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl. You can serve this hot or cold. Just before eating, top with the chopped walnuts.

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