Friday, 22 June 2012

What is uzvar?

Uzvar is Belarusian (and Ukrainian) national drink.
This is a compote of dried fruits: mainly apples, pears and plums, but the different recipes Uzvar include raisins, dried cherries and dried apricots. Uzvar - very refreshing, tasty, healthy drink and it's easy to do. I highly recommend it for everyone. Particularly well to prepare it for the children - they will love it! By the way, in our schools and health centers for children in the winter often prepared uzvar and kids (and me) drink it with pleasure))).



Ingredients:
100 g of dried pears.
100 grams of dried apples.
100 g of prunes.
100 g of dried rose hips.
Juice of a lemon.
Sugar or honey to taste.

How to cook step by step:
1. Prepare the ingredients. Wash the dried fruit. Carefully make sure that they do not have sand or soil residues.
2. Put all the dried fruits (apples, pears and plums) in a large pot for cooking, fill it with cold water, cover and place on to the burner, on a moderate fire and bring to simmer to boil.
3. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, then taste and add sugar (or honey), if necessary. The amount of sugar (or honey) may vary. It all depends on the sweetness of fruit. If the fruit sweet enough, you can do without sugar. Compote should not be cloyingly sweet - the taste of fruits themselves must dominate.

4. Remove the pan from the burner and let uzvar cooled to room temperature, which may take several hours, during which the drink is brewed.
5. Drain uzvar, separating the liquid from the pulp of fruit. If you see that the liquid is too dense, add a little boiling water to dilute the compote.
6. Pour the compote into a jug. Serve chilled or at room temperature. It may well be stored in the refrigerator for several days.


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