This was a classic dessert when I was a child. Rumtopf is a big earthenware pot that is filled with all kinds of fruits over the summer. To conserve the fruit they are mixed with sugar and covered with strong rum. Usually it starts with strawberries and ends with apples and pears somewhere late October, early November. Once all the fruit is added, it needs to mature another 4-8 weeks before it can be served. This made it the perfect Christmas dessert and gift.
This year I made one myself and am very curious how it will turn out.