LifestyleChristmas Eve's perfect digestif: A traditional dried fruit compote

Christmas Eve's perfect digestif: A traditional dried fruit compote

Compote from dried fruits
Compote from dried fruits
Images source: © Adobe Stock | Liudmyla

5:04 PM EST, November 25, 2023

Have you begun planning your Christmas menu yet? Don't overlook the Christmas Eve drink, which isn't only flavorsome, but also aids digestion magnificently.

It won't be long before it's December, ushering in the preparations for Christmas in our homes. There's no denying that this is a magical time we get to share with our loved ones, around a lavishly set table, amidst the sweet fragrance of a Christmas tree and mellifluous carols in the background.

Indeed, Christmas has a certain special "something". However, there exists a small caveat. Despite the bounty of delicious treats throughout the festive days, it's crucial to maintain moderation. Particularly on Christmas Eve, when we tend to consume an array of dishes fried in batter. Fortunately, I've got a recipe ready that will relieve such dietary issues. If you're eager to know more, make sure to read on till the very end.

A traditional compote to aid digestion

Going by Polish tradition, the Christmas Eve table should accommodate 12 dishes. Included among them is a compote of dried fruits. That's precisely what I intend to delve into today. And why? Because it possesses enormous potential. In what way? Allow me to explain.

It's necessary to mention that the starring ingredient of compote - dried fruits - is a substantial source of valuable fiber. This element has a significant impact on the digestive system as it facilitates digestion. Moreover, sipping on this compote assists in making you feel full faster, thereby preventing overindulgence.

And it doesn't stop there. Christmas Eve compote also serves as a source of many vitamins and minerals — including vitamins B, A, C, E, K, and elements such as potassium, iron, copper, and magnesium. Rounding off its benefits, it's worth noting that this compote is largely low-calorie and doesn't contain a high amount of fat. Really, what more could you ask for?

Homemade compote will help in digesting the Christmas Eve dinner.
Homemade compote will help in digesting the Christmas Eve dinner.© Adobe Stock | teressa

Recipe for Christmas Eve compote?

Before moving on to the detailed instructions, one point bears emphasis. Putting together a Christmas Eve drink is effortless, so even novice chefs will have no difficulty in executing this task.


  • 1.5 cups of dried apples
  • 1.5 cups of dried pears
  • 1.5 cups of dried plums
  • Approximately 1 gallon of water
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 pieces of star anise
  • 2.5 tablespoons of honey
  • The peel of a lemon or an orange

Preparation method:

  1. Start the process by rinsing the dried fruits thoroughly. If needed, cut them into smaller portions.
  2. Next, transfer the fruits into a pot and add water.
  3. Add in the cinnamon sticks, star anise, and citrus peel.
  4. Simmer the mixture on low heat for roughly 50 minutes. You'll know the compote is ready when the fruits have softened perfectly and a wonderful fruity aroma permeates the kitchen.
  5. Serve the compote either warm or cooled. Enjoy!
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