Rote Grütze is a traditional German dessert made with a mixture of red berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries, cooked with sugar and sometimes thickened with cornstarch. The cooked berries are then chilled and served with cream or vanilla custard. This dish is a light and refreshing dessert and perfect for summer; it can be served warm or cold. The name “Rote Grütze” means “Red Porridge” in English, and it’s a classic comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round.
Here is a recipe for Rote Grütze:
- 2 cups of mixed red berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 tbsp of cornstarch (optional)
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Cream or vanilla custard for serving (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, combine the mixed berries, sugar, and cornstarch (if using) over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the berries have released their juice and the mixture thickens.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool.
- Once cooled, transfer the mixture to a container and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Serve the Rote Grütze in bowls with cream or vanilla custard if desired.
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