Rote Grutze, often translated as fruit pudding, is very popular dessert in Germany. This easy to make, fresh sweet is perfect for summer friends gathering.
Rote Grutze is a jelly like compote whose main ingredient is summer red fruits such as red currants, berries (raspberries, strawberries, black berries, blue berries,gooseberries, etc.) and cherries.
Of course fresh fruits in season are great but you can use frozen ones. I like to use pitted sour cherries in light syrup as well.
What you need;
Mixed fruits 1 lbs
Water 1/2 cup
Sugar 5 Tbs
Cornstarch 3-4 Tbs
Cold water 3 Tbs
Use at least three different fruits.
I used black berries, blue berries and sour cherries this time.
How to make：
1) Clean the fruits and remove stems and stones.
2) Put the fruits in a pot and add 1/2 cup of water and sugar.
When you use sour cherries in light syrup, use the syrup and reduce the amount of sugar accordingly.
3) Bring to boil, cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly.
Discard the foam on surface.
4) In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with cold water until completely dissolved.
5) Pour the cornstarch mixture into a pot, immediately stir well to mix. Keep heating until it gets thickened and slightly shiny. Stirring constantly.
6) Remove from the heat and transfer it into a container which can fit into your refrigerator.
Cover and chill completely until it gets firm. Usually it takes a half day or overnight.
7) Then serve with your favorite cream. Vanilla, custard, whipped cream are very good and unsweetened heavy cream is also simply wonderful.
This is a picture of nicely served Rote Grutze by my mother in law. Yummy!
I have the recipe in Japanese, too.