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Friday, July 28, 2017

Romanian soul cake ("coliva") - recipe with step-by-step photos

"Coliva" is a soul cake from boiled husked wheat mixed with crushed walnuts. It is used in various death-related events (when somebody dies, when somebody is commemorated in church, etc).

Ingredients for a small cake:
  • 700 milliliters of water
  • 250 grams of husked wheat
  • 100 grams of ground walnuts
  • 35 grams of sugar
  • rum
  • salt

For decoration
  • 50 grams of ground walnuts
  • 4-6 smashed biscuits
  • 6-8 halves of walnuts kernel
  • candies 

Wash the wheat 5 times in clean water, each time changing the water, until the water after wasthing remains clean.


Add 700 ml of water, the sugar and the salt over the husked wheat and boil it until the wheat is tender and there is still some water left in the pot. Let it rest in the fridge until the next day.


Add the crushed walnuts and the rum (according to your taste) and mix.
On a plate, add a detachable circle and add the composition. Let it stabilize in the fridge for a few hours.


Pour the ground walnuts and the smashed biscuits above the cake.


For decoration you can add candies, walnuts or chocolate.

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