Churchkhela – Delicious and energizing Georgian Snickers
10 October, 2015
Churchkhela – Delicious and energizing Georgian Snickers
Churchkhela is a type of Georgian candy shaped like a sausage made from natural grape juice and different kinds of nuts. This candy is usually prepared during the harvest season in autumn for Christmas holidays. Churchkhela is extremely delicious and energizing. It is a well-known fact that Georgian soldiers used to consume them when they went to the battle. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

300 grams of nuts (you can use both hazelnuts or walnuts)
1.5 liters of badagi (sweet grape juice)
Few tbsp of sugar to your taste
150-200 grams of flour
A needle and thread

Preparation:

Shell the walnuts (hazelnuts).Toast the nuts on a low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the nuts have a crisp crunch, but don’t burn them. Remove from the heat, let them slightly cool down and break the walnuts on halves, leave hazelnuts as they are. Try to remove the skins from walnuts with your fingers. String nuts on a thread using strong thread and needle. The length of churchkela depends on you, yet, as a rule, you have to thread 25 walnut halves.

Mix half of badagi juice with sugar and flour using mixer, until you get smooth mixture. Preheat the rest part of juice in the saucepan and gradually add the mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly and bring to the boil. When the mix thickens make sure that it does not taste flour. You can add 3-4 tbsp of sugar if it is not sweet enough. When you get cream-like consistency, remove it from
the stove. The resulting mixture is called tatara.

Insert nuts into tatara and use wooden spoon to cover the threaded nuts. Depending on the thickness of tatara, you may have to pour the nuts again until it stops dripping. When all the nuts are well covered, hang the churchkhela somewhere to dry. You can use a pole placed between two chairs. Leave the churchkhela to dry for 3 to 4 days. You can eat churchkhela once they are dry but it is recommended to wrap them in towels and enjoy these sweet candies for Christmas after 2 to 3 months.

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