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Catholic Recipe: Fruit Topping for Mazurek

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 pound raisins
  • 1/2 pound dates
  • 1/2 pound figs
  • 1/4 pound nut meats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 orange
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty:
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Poland

The Wigilia is the traditional Christmas Eve supper of Poland. This is a meatless meal for it is a fast day [Editor's Note: This day was formerly a fast day. Fasting is no longer required.--JGM]. The number of the courses is fixed at seven, nine, or eleven. It is considered unlucky to have an odd number of persons at table, and relatives are invited, especially those who have no family of their own.

The soups are three in number, and always include Barszcz (a beet soup). There are three fish dishes — whole pike or carp, fish puffs, and salt herring; three accompanying dishes — homemade noodles with poppy seeds, red cabbage with mushrooms, and cheese Pierogi (dumplings).

DIRECTIONS

Chop fruits and nuts with a hand chopper. (Do not put through a grinder.) Add sugar, eggs, and lemon and orange juice. Mix very well. Spread over baked pastry.

Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951
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