Marak Perot – Compote

Marak Perot - Compote, Eastern European Jewish Recipe

In January, I blogged about a traditional Shabbat dinner that I cooked with my friends Etti and Bella Hadar. Etti had a family a memoir written by her late uncle, Dov Shimon Levin, a soldier in the Jewish Infantry Brigade who fought the Nazis during World War II. In his memoir, he wrote a detailed account of his life in the Pinsk region of Poland prior to the war. Being a lover of Ashkenazi cuisine, Uncle Dov wrote some amazing descriptions of the foods he enjoyed as a child. Etti and I pieced together a menu from the memoirs and recreated a traditional Polish Shabbat dinner using their family recipes.

Reading through Uncle Dov’s memoir, we came upon a dish called Marak Perot. It was the first time I’d ever heard of the dessert. Marak Perot translates in Hebrew to “Fruit Soup,” which is a pretty accurate description. In Yiddish, it is called “Compote.” It’s a dessert made from dried and fresh fruits, water, sugar, and lemon juice. When chilled it is very refreshing, a nice light way to end a heavy meal (like the Seder!).

The Marak Perot that appears here is the Levin family recipe. Once you get the idea, feel free to improvise on the dish, adding your favorite fruits and spices to change things up. It can also be pureed for a sauce-like texture. This dish is Pareve and Kosher for Passover. Enjoy!

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Marak Perot - Compote, Eastern European Jewish Recipe

 

Marak Perot - Compote

Ingredients

  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups prunes
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Total Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Servings: 6
Kosher Key: Pareve, Kosher for Passover
  • Place apples, prunes and dried apricots in a pot and cover 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, stir in sugar till dissolved.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally, until the water becomes a thick syrup and the prunes begin to dissolve. Remove the lid for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking so the liquid reduces.
  • Remove fruit from heat and let it slowly return to room temperature. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice in, adding more to taste if desired.
  • Marak Perot - Compote, Eastern European Jewish RecipePut the fruit in the refrigerator until it is fully chilled, at least 2 hours. Serve by ¾ cup portions in glass compote dishes.
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Comments (9)Post a Comment

  1. Cara Mia says:

    Hi Tori!

    Been following your blog for a few days now — a friend turned me onto you through facebook! Thanks for blogging so regularly — I’m still going back through your earlier posts! I’m an avid cook, and I’m definitely going to use this fruit soup recipe for dessert at this year’s seder!

    Best,
    Mia

  2. wisconsin kid says:

    This looks amazing! Would you serve this by itself if you pureed it, or maybe with some cookies or something like that?

  3. Kathryn Wilson says:

    I love the title and the idea of your blog.I am “half” Jewish; my father was Jewish and my mother Presbyterian. So now I am agnostic; however I love Jewish cooking and identify more with the Jewish side. I can make a lot of Jewish dishes, including Challah, Latkes, etc.

  4. Sarah says:

    this is something my Polish MIL makes during the holidays. Marak Perot means fruit soup in Hebrew (soup fruit actually), I wonder where Uncle Dov picked up Hebrew?

  5. Tori Avey says:

    Hi Sarah, Uncle Dov immigrated to Israel after the war… that’s where he learned Hebrew. :)

    Wisconsin, it would go well with the macaroon recipe I posted today. I usually eat it plain without cookies, it’s sweet and satisfying.

    Cara and Kathryn, welcome! Happy to have you here.

  6. wisconsin kid says:

    Fantastic idea, Tory! Thanks for writing back! My name is Steve by the way, and I’m a big fan! I’m Norwegian, but I’m married to a Jewish man from Hollywood! We got married in Boston in 2007. I love to cook, so I’ve been counting on your blog for ideas and recipes! He loves them! His name is Don. Have a happy holiday, and thanks for being there! Oh I just realized this probably makes me a shiksa too, right???? :) xo Steve

  7. Tori Avey says:

    Awesome Steve! Shalom and welcome! xo

  8. Rina Brosse says:

    Love the recipes

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