4.67 from 3 votes
German Rote Grütze
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
This simple berry dessert from Northern Germany is both refreshing in the height of summer and warming in the dead of winter.
Servings: 4 servings
Author: International Desserts Blog
  • 4 cups berries (any combo of fresh or defrosted raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, currants)
  • 1/2 cup sugar I often add less if the berries are sweet
  • 3/4 cup water or red fruit juice Juice adds more flavor but water works fine
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • squeeze of lemon, cinnamon stick or vanilla optional
  • 1 cup fresh cream cold
  1. Wash and cut berries as needed and place in saucepan. Add sugar and stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. If using fresh berries, you may need to add a bit of water or juice. If you want to add a cinnamon stick, do so here.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water or juice until smooth. Pour into the fruit and stir. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick, add a little water or juice to thin.
  3. Take off heat. If you want to add lemon or vanilla, do so here.
  4. Pour into 4 bowls and let cool for a couple minutes. Serve immediately with a small pitcher of fresh, cold cream to pour over the warm fruit.
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