Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Baltic Christmas Day 17 - Kūčia

Day 17 of 24 Days of a Baltic Christmas features a recipe from the website Beata’s Kitchen (in Lithuanian, Beatos Virtuve).

Mano šeimos receptas, tradicinis Kūčių patiekalas ir geriausiais šios šventės desertas su grūdais, spanguolėm, medum ir aguonų pienu.

Beata writes “My family recipe, a traditional Christmas Eve dish and the best holiday dessert with cereals, cranberries, honey and poppy seed milk.”


100 g of oat grits* 
100 g rye groats**
100 g wheat grain, polished
100 g chopped hazelnuts
1 cup poppy milk ***
1 tablespoon honey
a handful of dried cranberries, chopped
a pinch of salt

1. Stir the honey into the poppy milk in a large bowl, adding a pinch of salt
2. Mix the oat, rye and wheat grains together, then add to the milk mixture
3. Add hazelnuts an cranberries, then stir to combine
4. Serve and enjoy!

If the video below does not appear on your device, it can be viewed on Beatos Virtuve here

* 100g is approximately 3.5 ounces
**Groats are the hulled kernels of various cereal grains such as oat, wheat, and rye. Groats are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm.
*** Old traditions dictate that no animal products be consumed on Christmas Eve, hence the poppy milk. Milk may possibly be substituted, although instructions on making poppy milk can be found here.

1 comment:

  1. Hello There, I enjoyed your post today, and all of the others. I am learning so much. Never heard of groats. Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I do try to read blogs—but just haven’t commented very much lately like I usually try to do. Please don’t give up on me. Hopefully my life will be back to ‘normal’— whatever that is (ha), sometime in January.

    I did get a cortisone shot in my knee —which has helped with the pain somewhat. In January, I will most likely have meniscus tear surgery…. BUT—in the meantime, I plan to have a fantastic Christmas —and hopefully get to see my kids/grands… God is Good.



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