Kutia (Christmas Pudding)
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.