Shorashim Cooks Barley Pudding!

Shorashim has been reading Megillat Rut, a story from the Tanach in which Ruth gleans barley from a field.  Last week we talked about using a variety of our senses to experience the barley but we were missing a key sense: taste!  This week we cooked barley in the form of barley pudding!  Let Shorashim teach you how to make it.

Barley Pudding


  • 1 cup barley
  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • Juice of half of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To cook barley grain, place 1 cup pearl barley and 3 cups water in a medium saucepan.  Add a dash of salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 45 minutes, or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  3. In a baking dish, combine all ingredients.  Stir to mix well.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until pudding is set.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


Now Shorashim wasn’t sure at first how they’d feel about the barley pudding.

But once they took a bite…

…they were sure that it was delicious!

This recipe comes highly recommended by three, four, and five-year-olds, some of the harshest food critics out there!  We hope you all enjoy making it at home as much as we enjoyed making it at the Jewish Enrichment Center!


**Adapted from this recipe.

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