March 12, 2021
How to make a churchkhela
Especially delicious sweets, which are made in the fall with great joy and love. Its preparation is not so difficult and boring. However, the result is definitely worth any difficulty.
Here are some tips and advices to help you make the most of the hazelnuts and walnuts.
The given ingredients turn out to be about 4 hazelnuts and 4 walnuts.
We will need:
50 pieces of walnuts
100 pieces of nuts
1.5 liters of mash
300 g of flour
3 tbsp sugar
The amount of mash, flour and sugar is enough to get the churchgoes out at once. Churchkheles should be removed at least 2 or 3 times.
Choose walnuts. Place on a hot pan and cook on low heat for 2 or 3 minutes so that it does not burn. Remove from the heat and cool. Divide the slices in half.
Prepare the nuts
Peel a squash, grate it and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon to remove the skin. Peel a squash, grate it and squeeze the juice.
Pour walnuts on the thread
You will need a needle and 75 cm of cool thread. Fold the thread in half and wear walnuts. The flat side of the lips should point upwards. Build 25 pieces of lebanon on one thread. Grasp the needle and cut the last one.
Pour the nuts on the thread
Fold the 75 cm long thread in two. Cut the nuts on the thread with a needle – 25 pieces of hazelnut hearts on each thread. Grasp the needle and cut.
Place the flour and sugar in a bowl. Gradually mix 500 ml of mash and stir with a wooden spoon.
Whisk with an electric blender to make the mixture come out homogeneous.
Mix the mixture with the mash
Place 1 liter of mash in a deep saucepan and gradually mix in the flour, sugar and mash mixture. Stir well.
Preheat to high temperature. Stir constantly. Boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer over low heat for 8-10 minutes. Tatara will gradually thicken.
Tatara is ready
Finally, the tatara should have the thickness as shown in the picture.
Place in Tatar
Hold the end of the thread, place the walnuts / hazelnuts in the tartar and slowly dip them in the tartar with the help of a spoon.
Remove the church
Make sure the walnuts / hazelnuts are completely covered and remove from the heat.
Dry the church bells
If Tatara is properly prepared Churchkhela drops will not start. Hang the church bells to dry. You can hang it on a stick between two chairs.
Dry, remove a few more times and store
Dry the cherries in the sun for 3 or 4 days until they are no longer sticky. After 3-4 days, remove to Tatar. Prepare the tartare again as described above, with only one difference: increase the amount of mash to 2 liters. Even after the second care, dry the church bells in the sun for another 3 or 4 days. You can repeat the process of caring for churchgoers several more times. When the cherries are completely dry, they are ready to be eaten. Store in a dry place for 2-3 months. A thin layer of sugar appears on the surface of the preserved churchkhela – it is natural, at the same time it makes churchkhela more beautiful and delicious.