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3 C Water
1 C Sugar
1 lb Fruit, dried (mixed; pears, figs, apricots and peaches)
1 Lemon, sliced
6 Cloves, whole
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 C Prunes, pitted
1 Orange
1/2 C Raisins
1/2 C Grapes, pomegranate seeds, or pitted plums
1 C Sweet cherries pitted
2 Apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 C Brandy
1/2 C Cranberries

Combine water, mixed dry fruits, prunes and raisins in a pot large enough
to hold all the ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and then simmer for
about 20 minutes (or until the fruit is plump and tender). Add cherries,
apples and cranberries. Stir in sugar, lemon and spices. Cover and simmer
for about 5 minutes.

Grate orange peel and set aside. Peel and section the orange (removing the
skin and white membrane). Add to fruits in kettle. Stir in grapes and
brandy. Bring just to boiling and then remove from heat. Stir in the
orange peel, cover and let stand 15 minutes.


* 12-fruit compote with spirits -- This recipe could be used as part of a
12- course meal known in Polish as Wigilia, or on its own. Wigilia is eaten
after sundown on Christmas Eve.

: Difficulty: easy.
: Time: 1 hour.
: Precision: No need to measure.

: Original recipe passed down through the generations and translated from
Polish into English (with a few mods) by Edward Chrzanowski
: MFCF, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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: Copyright (C) 1986 USENET Community Trust



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