Powidl (or "Powidel", from Czech "povidla" or Polish "powidła" ) is a
plum stew. Unlike jamor marmalade, and unlike the German "Pflaumenmus" (plum puree), powidl is prepared without additional sweeteners or gelling agents.
Powidl is cooked for several hours, in order to achieve the necessary sweetness and consistency. The plums used should be harvested as late as possible, ideally after the first frosts, in order to ensure they contain enough
Austriaand Bohemia, powidl is the basis for Buchteln, powidl cake and Germknödel, but it is also used as a sandwich spread. Powidl will keep for a long time, especially if kept in traditional crockery.
Traditionally, large amounts of powidl to be used as a winter store and natural sweetener were prepared in late autumn during a communal event. Since constantly stirring the stew was exhausting work, people took turns, and did easier work in between turns. The Czech term "povidla" is plural only, and is derived from "povídat", which means "to tell stories".
Translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia, retrieved
February 4, 2005.
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