A compote is a
sweet cooked preparation of whole or cut
fruit (such as apples, pears, cherries,
strawberries, plums) and sugar, usually more
liquid in consistency than jams, jellies or
preserves. Compotes may also contain spices.
Known in Polish as kompot, it is a
traditional drink in Poland. In the
mid-1980s, 60 percent of beverages consumed
by an average Pole consisted of compote and
other home-made concoctions. Today that
number has dropped to 30 percent. In some
homes tea with lemon may be an alternative
for compote (in Poland tea is drunk not only
after meals, but also with meals). Note that
you are unlikely to find compote in Polish
restaurants. It is considered a typically
homemade beverage. Also note that in Poland
nowadays compote and tea are being more and
more frequently supplanted by fruit juices.
(or burmuelos) is the pastry's Judeo-Spanish
name, loukoumades (or loukoumathes) is its
Greek one, and lokma is its Turkish one.
Sephardic Jews actually use the name "bimuelos"
for a number of foods in addition to this
one. For instance, it can also mean pancakes
or fried patties, or even a type of baked