KOMPOT W SPIRYTUSIE
3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 lb fruit, dried (mixed; pears, figs, apricots and peaches)
1 lemon, sliced
6 cloves, whole
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup prunes, pitted
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup grapes, pomegranate seeds, or pitted plums
1 cup sweet cherries pitted
2 apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup brandy
1/2 cup 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.