Basstuk – or Bastekh (Fruit Juice Pudding)
A very easy dessert from the Magzanian’s collection of Musa Daghsi recipes.
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 cups grape juice or apricot nectar
- sugar (optional, depending on the juice's or nectar’s sweetness/ tartness)
- ¾ cups walnuts (chopped, pecans, almonds, or pistachios may be substituted)
Place cornstarch in a cup. Add a few spoons of juice or nectar and stir until smooth.
Heat the remaining juice over medium heat. Whisk-in sugar to suit your taste, if using. Gradually add the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly, until pudding comes to a boil and begins to thicken. (This will only take a few minutes.)
Simmer a few more minutes. Remove from heat and pour pudding into small serving bowls. It will continue to thicken as it rests or chills.
Serve pudding at room temperature or chilled.
Garnish with nuts just before serving.