Uzvar is a very tasty drink. It becomes even better on the next day of being cooked. It is an old recipe. It has its own cuisine history. Uzvar is the traditional Christmas drink. The ingredients include various dried fruits. Uzvar means ‘boil down’ because the fruita are boiled over low heat. Usually, it is pears, apples, cherries and plums that give the drink an intense and warm color. It could be also dried apricots and raisins or other fruits depending on the area where the cooker lives.
Dry fruits (of any type) are poured with water, allowed to swell well (4-6 hours), and then everything is boiled for 5-10 minutes at once since the dryers are thoroughly saturated with water. Uzvar after being removed from the stove, need to rest and infuse. The time makes the drink even more fragrant. You can add honey instead of sugar.
Recipe ingredients for the uzvar
- Dried fruit mixes (dried apricot, apple, cherry plum, raisins, pear, cherry, plum) — 400 g
- Water — 3-4 l.
- Sugar —3 tbs.
How to cook uzvar
Step 1. Rinse dried fruits thoroughly under running water in a colander. Pour 3-4 liters of water (based on 200 g of dried fruits). Let the dryers brew in water for at least 4 hours. It is convenient to soak fruits in the evening and cook uzvar in the morning.
Step 2. Bring water with dried fruits to a boil and cintinue boiling over medium heat for 10 minutes. From long infusion, fruits swell well and do not require long boiling, regardless of what kind of drying you use, usually, pears are cooked longer, but with prolonged soaking, this is not necessary.
Step 3. Add sugar. For every liter of water, I add 3 tablespoons of sugar, it turns out pretty sweet.
Step 4. Bring back to a boil, cover and remove from heat. Uzvar should be well-infused and completely cool. The longer the uzvar stands, the more fragrant it becomes (within reasonable aisles, of course). It is good to cook it in the morning and drink it in the evening, if you cook it in the evening, drink it in the morning.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out for you. Cheers to good food and good company!