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Rote Grutze (German Berry Compote)

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"A classic German dessert item using a variety of red berries. Serve with vanilla ice cream, vanilla pudding, rice pudding, whipped cream, etc. You can use fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries, strawberries, red currants, or a combination of the three."
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1 d 20 m servings 138
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Combine berries and sugar in non-stick saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
  2. Whisk cornstarch into cold water in a small bowl until dissolved completely; stir into the berry mixture. Reduce heat to medium low and cook mixture at a simmer until it begins to thicken, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove berry mixture from heat. Stir lemon juice and vanilla extract into the berry mixture; transfer to a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 138 calories; 0.7 33.6 1.1 0 < 1 Full nutrition

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I did not see the cook notes that a variety of berries could be used so I stuck with what the recipe indicated which was raspberries. I'm giving it four stars because I do not believe the cornst...

I used blackberries and raspberries. I had a little more than 6 cups of berries so had to adjust sugar but used 2 tbl of cornstarch. The consistency turned out perfect!!!

I used blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries... Great flavor and very simple to make.

very easy to make and delicious

Excellent! I used 4 cups of blackberries and blueberries that I had on hand and followed the rest of the instructions as written. The vanilla extract and lemon juice are wonderful flavor addit...

I used fresh strawberries from the garden and took out the sugar. Added just a little more cornstarch and a little less lemon juice. Perfect! The vanilla is a great idea! It was a hit with the f...

Easy Peasy. Used raspberries, blueberries ands black berries. used atop french toast and in my yogurt.

I LOVE this dish! It is so good on waffles or pancakes. I also put it on grits. SO GOOD! Although, I didn't use cornstarch and it turned out great.

Made this with all strawberries and fresh dried cinnamon basil to top waffles...yum