Rumtopf (it. Rumtopf) - literally means rum pot. This dish of German cuisine, which is a fruits and berries in sweet syrup with rum. According to tradition, to prepare rumtopf begin in the summer, when strawberries ripen first. In a deep pot pour the rum, put the berries, cover with sugar, mix and wait until the next ripe berry. As the ripening of berries and fruits - put them in a pot, adding the rum and sugar. The composition of rumtopf not clearly regulated - there are strawberries, and currants, and plums, and apples, and cherries, and pears - in General anything that grows in your garden. When the summer is over, and the pot will be filled to the top of the berry-fruit platter - take it away in a cool place for two months. In the process of maturation of rumtopf, fruits and berries secrete a juice, the sugar dissolves, the fruit juice is mixed with sugar and rum... my God, how can withstand two months???
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I saw online that there are special pots for rumtopf. Ceramic, with lid and two handles. Amazingly beautiful. I hope someday I will have such a pot. Well, while it is not, I use an ordinary jar. On the bottom pour the cognac.
In the original recipe rumtopf is prepared with rum (because he "rum"), but brandy I love more - so I have cognac. And generally speaking I met some recipes and other alcohol - with Kirsch, brandy and even vodka. The main condition is that alcohol must be at least 40 degrees
Since my rumtopf winter, the berries are all frozen. If you cook with fresh berries - they need to be washed and dried, spilling on the towel. Otherwise rumtopf can become moldy.
So, we begin to collect a pot: put the currants. I have black, and red
Add in the cherries. Or strawberries, cranberries, lingonberries - that is at hand
Sliced Apple or pear
Washed raisins or prunes. Dried fruits to add are optional, but they add flavour
Sliced Mandarin or oranges
Each layer peresypaya sugar. I used brown sugar, Demerara TM "Mistral". Its caramel flavor gave my rumtopf a special touch
All gently stir. Here is rumtopf after mixing.
Now it is necessary to remove in a cool dark place for 2 months, stir occasionally. I did not have the patience
Rumtopf eaten as a compote as a dessert
It is used in desserts
They pour a delicious ice cream, pancakes, crepes, waffles. I dusted yoghurt jelly