Polish dried fruit compote is a dessert of stewed fruit eaten year-round in Poland, but it is especially popular in the fall and winter. It uses summer's bounty that has been preserved by drying, and then reconstituted with sugar, water and spices. It is a traditional Christmas Eve (wigilia) dessert and originally was made with 12 dried fruits to represent the 12 apostles. When made thicker, it's wonderful served on toast or ice cream. It's also a great edible gift, but it must be refrigerated. It keeps for about 1 week. Cooking time approximate. Courtesy of Barbara Rolek.