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Rote Grütze – German Red Fruit Pudding Recipe (Red Grits)

This is a Summer time staple dessert in Germany, and takes advantage of the fresh berries of the season.  Served with a vanilla sauce, this is a wonderful dessert, and lovely change from the usual.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  Make 24 hours in advance.
Servings: 4 – 6.



  1. For fresh berries: stem, wash and dry in collander.  For frozen berries: thaw before using.
  2. For a smooth pudding, process berries in a blender, 2 cups at a time, until pureed.  For chunkier, process 4 cups, and chop the rest, blending with puree.
  3. Stir cornstarch in cold water until smooth.
  4. Combine berries and sugar in non-stick saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Stir cornstarch mixture again, then add into the berry mixture gradually, while still stirring.
  5. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken.  Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.
  6. Pour into a serving bowl, or individual dessert bowls.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 24 hours.  This is traditionally garnished with a Vanilla Custard Sauce , but you may also use whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or heavy cream.
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