Ulitmate Recipe Swap-Holiday Dishes

So this is my first time participating in the Ultimate Recipe Swap at www.lifeasmom.com

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Ultimate Recipe Swap

This week the topic is must have Holiday Dishes.

The following dish is a very traditional Native American dish that you will find pretty much anywhere you go that has traditional Native food. Any time there is a group of people together, this will be there!!!

Wojapi is a thick berry dish, sometimes the consistency of pudding. Traditionally, it was not made with flour or sugar, but today it often is, rendering it only a marginally nutritious dish (even less so if the berries used are frozen “with sugar added”). If the berries you find are ripe and tasty, there is no need to add additional sweeteners.


4-5 cups Berries of your choice that are fresh and preferably growing wild

(chokecherries, blueberries, blackberries)

½ cup water


Cornstarch (used to thicken the mixture.)


Clean the fruit

Place in bowl and mash using potato masher (or anything else you have)

Add fruit and liquid to large saucepan and bring to boil—be careful not to scorch the fruit.

Lower heat to a simmer and cook for about an hour, constantly checking.

Taste and see if you need to add honey for sweetness—only add a little at a time.

If you want the mixture to be thicker, either continue to simmer and “reduce” the mix (that is, the liquid evaporates rendering the taste more intense and the mix thicker) or add a small amount of cornstarch. If you go with the latter option, place 1 T of cornstarch into small bowl and add cold water to that. Stir until you have a desired consistency (add more water or starch if needed). Then slowly add to hot pot of berries and stir.

wojapi finished product... it should be like a pudding or pie filling, somewhat thick but still runny

wojapi finished product... it should be like a pudding or pie filling, somewhat thick but still runny

This is a delicious dish and is used as a dessert, an ice cream topping, a dip like salsa, pretty much anything!

Easy to make, makes tons and tastes AMAZING!!!

Enjoy and feel free to check out www.lifeasmom.com for more great holiday recipes!!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Snow White
    Jul 30, 2009 @ 07:18:03

    yum – that does sound great! I bet it would be delicious over Christmas morning waffles 🙂


  2. Geri@heartnsoulcooking
    Jul 30, 2009 @ 11:34:17

    This recipe looks and sound wonderful. I can see using this on pancakes, crepes, waffles and even ice cream. THANKS!!! Geri


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