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Roejig 
Anoush Soujouk

Grape Juice and Nut Roll 


Roejig
Roejig is available in Armenian stores in late fall, after the grape harvest. It is a sweet served at holiday meals.
 
Ingredients
3 quarts white grape juice (or other fruit juice)
3 cups sugar
1 cup corn starch
3 cups flour (Gold Medal)
 Walnuts
 String
 
Preparation
  1. Blend flour, sugar and cornstarch together, then add juice and mix well until smooth.
  2. Soak walnuts in water for 1/2 hour, then shell. Try to get the nuts out in complete halves.
  3. Take a strong string with big needle to string the half nuts only. The first two half nuts should come back to back in the middle of the string. Then string the rest of the nuts in the same position as each of the first two.
  4. Tie the ends of string to a stick leaving a space of 3 inches between them in order to keep the row of nuts apart and also to hang conveniently. Nuts should be facing upward so the thickened grape juice clings on.
  5. Cook half the amount of the grape juice over low heat until thick as molasses.
  6. Dip the strung nuts into this juice several times then hang to dry overnight.
  7. Cook the remaining juice the second day, dip the nuts several times and hang to dry overnight. Takes several days to dry well.
  8. When dry, cut any desired length and roll in powdered sugar.
  9. Slice round slices for eating. Keep in covered jars.