Basque Christmas Compote

christmas compote
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There are lots of different Christmas desserts and sweets in Spain: turrón, mazapán, polvorones, etc.

This one is a traditional Basque dessert in Christmas. There are similar recipes in other parts from the north of Spain.

You may prepare it only with dried fruits if you prefer.



  • 1 kg. tart apples
  • 1 kg. winter pears
  • 200 gr. dried prunes
  • 150 gr. dried apricots
  • 150 gr. raisins
  • 150 gr. dried figs
  • 400 gr, sugar
  • 750 ml. red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • peel of a lemon
  • anis seeds
  • cardamom

Peel and cut the fresh fruit into dices (not to small) and put the fruit in a pot with rest of ingredients. Simmer until the fruit is tender. Do not allow it to boil. Check the liquid from time to time and add some more wine or water if necessary. You may serve it hot or cold, as you like.

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