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Moustalevria: Grape Must Pudding

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Moustalevria - Greek grape must pie photo

Moustalevria - Greek grape must pie

Photo © Jim Stanfield

In Greek: μουσταλευριά, pronounced moo-stah-lev-ree-AH

Grape must is the juice from pressed grapes before fermentation, and is often used as a sweetener in traditional bread recipes, as well as in the preparation of desserts and candy. This grape must pie is a favorite, especially popular at grape harvest season when the must is fresh. You can make your own grape must or buy it.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of grape must
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of semolina
  • 3 tablespoons of cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 3/4 cup of crushed walnuts
  • ground cinnamon
  • sugar (optional)

Preparation:

Day 1: Bring grape must to a boil in a pot, and skim of foam as it rises to the top. Allow to boil for another minute, then remove from heat, cover, and allow to settle overnight.

Day 2: Carefully transfer grape must to a clean pot without transferring the sediment that settled to the bottom. Bring to a boil and taste for sweetness. Add a little sugar if needed. Add the semolina a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon to blend thoroughly. When the grape must begins to thicken, dissolve the cornflour (cornstarch) in a little cold water and add to the mixture. Stir constantly until it thickens to a creamy texture.

Transfer to individual bowls or a mold or pan, and allow to set. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts and cinnamon before serving.

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