Broadmead Friends Meeting Recipes

Uzvar (Dried Fruit Compote)


This is a Ukrainian dish, featured on Christmas Eve and at feasts at which the dead are honored. It is also made in Russia. The version I brought to potluck was made with raisins, apricots, dried apples, dried sweetened cranberries, dates, and a few prunes and figs.

2 cups mixed dried fruits
1 cinnamon stick
1 1/4 cup cider
1/2 cup raisins
2 T honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 1/2 T.)

Put the mixed dried fruit in a large pan with cinnamon and cider.
Heat gently until almost boiling, then cover the pan, lower the heat and cook gently for 12 to 15 minutes to soften the fruit.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the raisins and honey.
Cover the pan and leave to cool.
Remove the cinnamon stick and then stir in the lemon juice.
Transfer to serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until needed.
Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

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