Make The Creamiest Sawine For Your Family

Make The Creamiest Sawine For Your Family

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Author: Stephanie Pulwarty

Recipe Type: Desserts

Yields: 8 Servings

Total Time: 45 mins

  • 5 cups full-cream milk 
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar 
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk 
  • 7 ounces vermicelli 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • 2 cardamom pods 
  • 3 whole cloves 
  • ⅛ cups sliced or slivered almonds, toasted 
  • ¼ cup halved maraschino cherries, optional 
  • ¼ cup raisins
  1. In a large, dry pan over medium-high heat, add vermicelli and parch until it turns brown; set aside.
  2. In a separate large pot, add 3 cups of full-cream milk, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and sugar and bring to a boil.
  3. Then, add vermicelli and let cook until it is 3 minutes away from being fully-cooked.
  4. The sawine should become thick as the vermicelli cooks. Add the rest of full-cream milk, condensed milk and raisins. Mix and let cook for 3 minutes then remove aromatics.
  5. Garnish sawine with toasted almonds, more raisins and maraschino cherries.
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