by Felicia Mohan
Saint Lucia Day, a Sicilian holiday, is December 13 and a pudding is traditionally eaten. It is made with wheat berries, milk, sugar and cornstarch.
St. Lucia Pudding (Served on Santa Lucia Day, December 13th)
4 cups wheat berries, soaked in water overnight
8 cups whole milk
2 cups sugar
8 tablespoons Argo cornstarch
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt (Kosher recommended)
1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon
1 lg. Hershey's Milk Chocolate with almonds candy bar, chopped into bite size pieces
1. Drain wheat berries, and add them to a fresh pot of water bring to a boil and cook for 20-25 min. Drain and set aside.
2. Mix milk, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and cinnamon into a large pot. Over medium heat, continuously stir until it thickens and comes to a boil, scrapping the bottom of the pan making sure it doesn't stick or burn.
3. Remove from heat, add 3 cups of cooked and cooled wheat berries to pudding and mix well.
4. Pour into large platter let cool for 5- 10 minutes on countertop, and then sprinkle with chocolate pieces, dusting with 2 tablespoons of fresh ground cinnamon.
Recipe courtesy of Felicia (Ciaramitaro) Mohan, 2010.