Grape Must Pudding (Moustalevria)

Grapes and glasses of wine on table outdoors
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Ratings (4)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: (10 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
142 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Grape must (moustos) is the juice from pressed grapes that's often used as a sweetener in traditional Greek bread recipes, as well as in the preparation of desserts and candy. This grape must pudding is a favorite, especially popular at grape harvest season when the must is fresh. You can make your own or buy it from a specialty supermarket.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups grape must
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon of semolina
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup walnuts (crushed)
  • Dash of cinnamon (ground)
  • Sugar (optional)

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Grape Must

  1. Bring grape must to a boil in a pot and skim of foam as it rises to the top.

  2. Bring to boil for another minute, then remove from heat, cover, and allow to settle overnight.

Make the Pudding

  1. The next day, carefully transfer grape must to a clean pot without any of the sediment that settled to the bottom.

  2. Bring to a boil and taste for sweetness. Add a little sugar if needed.

  3. Add the semolina a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon to blend thoroughly.

  4. When the grape must begins to thicken, dissolve the cornstarch in a little cold water and add to the mixture. Stir constantly until it thickens to a creamy texture.

  5. Transfer to individual bowls or a mold or pan and allow to set.

  6. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts and cinnamon before serving.