Rote grütze (Red berry dessert)

    This is a German recipe that I learnt when I lived there and it is a useful way of serving up a fruit dessert if you have a glut of red berry fruits. The fruit is simmered in wine but for children you can use apple juice or another fruit juice, or even water if there is nothing else. Can be served warm or cold. Very similar to Kissel.

    Wiltshire, England, UK
    3 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 500g mixed berries (raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrants, redcurrants, etc.)
    • 300ml white wine or fruit juice
    • 125g sugar, or more to taste
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder, dissolved in 75ml white wine or fruit juice
    • 150ml boiling water

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Place berries and 300ml wine or juice into a saucepan, place over a high heat and bring to the boil.
    2. Reduce heat to low, add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer gently for 15 minutes or until berries are soft. Add the lemon zest, then remove pan from the heat.
    3. Put arrowroot into a jug or bowl and add the 75ml wine or juice, stirring well. Gradually add the boiling water; the mixture will start to thicken. Pour into the berry mixture and place over a low heat. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
    4. Remove from the heat and pour into a serving dish. Serve hot or cold. Serve with a spoonful of cream and perhaps a shortbread biscuit.


    I've only used white wine but I'm sure red wine would also be good although a bit more sugar may be needed.

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