A cold Dutch soup that's perfect as a breakfast on the go. It's traditional name is Watergruwel. This can be stored for at least one week in the fridge, and amounts and types of fruits can be varied. It's a very flexible recipe!

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, soak the barley in the water overnight; do not drain.

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  • In a large saucepan over low heat, simmer the barley for one hour. Then add the sugar, raspberries and raisins and simmer for another 30 minutes. Add the cherries and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the soup becomes relatively thick. Allow to chill in the refrigerator and serve cold.

Nutrition Facts

265.3 calories; 3.5 g protein; 64.7 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 4.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2005
I'm rating this a 5 for it's awesome potential not becuase it was at all what I expected it to be. "Soup" is very misleading. I think I will make this often and use it to serve with plain non-fat yogurt which will make a great snack breakfast or even a lunch. Right now I am eating it for lunch with plain yogurt and a cut up banana. Yum! It's very sweet and very thick -- I don't think I would eat it alone. Also for all you first-time makers: be assured that it thickens up ALOT as it is chilling -- you do not have to get it completely thickened by cooking it (you will be cooking forever if you try). All in all I'm very pleased with a healthy and tasty alternative thank you for giving me something that I would never have discovered otherwise! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2007
I m dutch and this in NOT a soup. It is a breakfast meal or a dessert. I had this a lot as a kid (my mom is great fan)and I ll give her the recipe. But I really do not understand why you placed it with soup Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2005
I'm rating this a 5 for it's awesome potential not becuase it was at all what I expected it to be. "Soup" is very misleading. I think I will make this often and use it to serve with plain non-fat yogurt which will make a great snack breakfast or even a lunch. Right now I am eating it for lunch with plain yogurt and a cut up banana. Yum! It's very sweet and very thick -- I don't think I would eat it alone. Also for all you first-time makers: be assured that it thickens up ALOT as it is chilling -- you do not have to get it completely thickened by cooking it (you will be cooking forever if you try). All in all I'm very pleased with a healthy and tasty alternative thank you for giving me something that I would never have discovered otherwise! Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2005
I'm rating this a 5 for it's awesome potential not becuase it was at all what I expected it to be. "Soup" is very misleading. I think I will make this often and use it to serve with plain non-fat yogurt which will make a great snack breakfast or even a lunch. Right now I am eating it for lunch with plain yogurt and a cut up banana. Yum! It's very sweet and very thick -- I don't think I would eat it alone. Also for all you first-time makers: be assured that it thickens up ALOT as it is chilling -- you do not have to get it completely thickened by cooking it (you will be cooking forever if you try). All in all I'm very pleased with a healthy and tasty alternative thank you for giving me something that I would never have discovered otherwise! Read More
(36)
Rating: 4 stars
06/13/2003
My kids were lukewarm on this one until I doubled the barley and added a couple of pureed bananas! Now the entire family enjoys this for breakfast. Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2007
I m dutch and this in NOT a soup. It is a breakfast meal or a dessert. I had this a lot as a kid (my mom is great fan)and I ll give her the recipe. But I really do not understand why you placed it with soup Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
No matter what fruit you use it is great and if you use less water its great with jello or ice cream Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2010
This recipe is great as is. I like to experiment and tried it with bananas- not so good. Although I substituted peaches & mangos for the raspberries cherries & raisins and it was VERY good. I use half the sugar when I make this and I like it. This is a fantastic recipe to personalize after you've made it once or twice. Time consuming but worth the effort for the price and health- factors. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2010
Pretty good. Adding some fresh fruit gives it a little bit more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2006
Berrylicious Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2007
A good soup but it's very sweet. Use a lot less sugar so that you're not eating so much sugar for your breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2006
This is a really nice change of pace. I especially think the cold fruit "soup" would be great on hot summer mornings. I topped it with toasted mixed nuts and a little cream. Read More
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