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Red Berry Pudding Recipe

Updated on February 4, 2017
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I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Red Berry Pudding
Red Berry Pudding | Source

German Red Berry Pudding or Rote Grutze Recipe

This is an old family berry pudding recipe from the German side of my family. "Rote" in German means "red". The only translation of "Grutze" that I found, that makes sense is "Grits".

Red Berry Pudding is great to make in the summer when there is an abundance of berries: strawberries, red currants, and raspberries. It can be made with cherries as well. I have always seen it made as a combination of two or more of the above.

In the winter it may be made with frozen fruits and I have heard of it being made with canned tart red cherries. Also, if currants are hard to come by, you may add a couple of tablespoons of currant jelly.

We are going to use a food processor or blender for this recipe. My grandmother and great aunt would force the berries through a sieve.

It's bright colorful and refreshing. A nice healthy light dessert. Loaded with anti-oxidents and gluten free, as well as dairy free.

Great splash of red color to end a meal at Valentine's Day and/or Christmas.

Umlaut

The word "Grutze" should really have an umlaut over the "u". Unfortunately, the code used here for the font, won't produce it.

An umlaut is pair of dots above a vowel in German.

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red-berry-pudding-recipe | Source

This is usually made with a combination of berries and served with a light vanilla custard sauce as a topping. Our family has always served it with whipped cream.

I must confess, I have never tried this without raspberries in it. In every combination, I have had, raspberries had a role.

If you are using fresh berries, you will need to wash and stem them and let them dry. Frozen berries need to be defrosted first and drained of juice. Fresh cherries should be washed and pitted and canned cherries should be drained.

Save any drained juice to mix with the cornstarch, rather than mixing it with water.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh or frozen strawberries or red currants or raspberries or cherries
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold water or juice from defrosted or canned berries
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • whipped cream or vanilla ice cream as a topping.

Instructions

  1. You may puree all the fruit in a blender or food processor, or you may puree 4 cups and only chop the rest if you want a combination of smooth and chunky.
  2. Put the berries and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
  3. Mix the cornstarch in cold water or juice until smooth and slowing add it to the boiling berries.
  4. Reduce the heat and let simmer until thickened -- about 3 minutes. Stir constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
  6. Pour into one large serving dish or 4 small dessert or sherbert dishes and chill overnight in the refrigerator.
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Ounce to Gram Conversion

Ounce to Gram Conversion

1 cup = 8 ounces

Step by step photos of red berry recipe

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A 10 oz. bag of frozen raspberries, yielded a cup and a half of berries.   I drained the juice and set it aside for later.I add 4-1/2 cups of cleaned, stemmed strawberries.The berries were put in the blender and blended until smooth.The blended berries and 1/2 cup of sugar were put in a pot and brought to a boil.   Stirring constantly.  Then, the cornstarch and 1/2 cup berry juice were stirred in and it was simmered until thick.The hot mixture was placed in a bowl and then placed in the refrigerator to chill.Four hours later the chilled mixture was gelled.   (It is not a very hard gel).Gelled mixture is spooned into individual serving dishes and whipped cream is placed on top.
A 10 oz. bag of frozen raspberries, yielded a cup and a half of berries.   I drained the juice and set it aside for later.
A 10 oz. bag of frozen raspberries, yielded a cup and a half of berries. I drained the juice and set it aside for later. | Source
I add 4-1/2 cups of cleaned, stemmed strawberries.
I add 4-1/2 cups of cleaned, stemmed strawberries. | Source
The berries were put in the blender and blended until smooth.
The berries were put in the blender and blended until smooth. | Source
The blended berries and 1/2 cup of sugar were put in a pot and brought to a boil.   Stirring constantly.  Then, the cornstarch and 1/2 cup berry juice were stirred in and it was simmered until thick.
The blended berries and 1/2 cup of sugar were put in a pot and brought to a boil. Stirring constantly. Then, the cornstarch and 1/2 cup berry juice were stirred in and it was simmered until thick. | Source
The hot mixture was placed in a bowl and then placed in the refrigerator to chill.
The hot mixture was placed in a bowl and then placed in the refrigerator to chill. | Source
Four hours later the chilled mixture was gelled.   (It is not a very hard gel).
Four hours later the chilled mixture was gelled. (It is not a very hard gel). | Source
Gelled mixture is spooned into individual serving dishes and whipped cream is placed on top.
Gelled mixture is spooned into individual serving dishes and whipped cream is placed on top. | Source

Okay, so how do you pronounce Rote Grutze?

Row ta - as if you were starting to say "rotary".

Grut za - The "grut" rhymes with "put".

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red-berry-pudding-raspberries | Source

Information on Berry Nutrition

The calories in berries are minimal and the anti-oxidants and vitamins are plentiful.

Raspberry Nutritional Info

Cherry Nutritional Information

Currant Nutritional Information

Photo courtesy of morguefile.com

Raspberries a super food

One cup of raspberries will give you about a third of your daily fiber needs

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

Does this sound good to you? - Are you a lover of berries?

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my yes. I can't wait to try it. Must visit Farmers Market!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      This sounds delightful - I wish I had seen this earlier in the summer when there were so many fresh berries around! At least there's always frozen berries to use.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Sure does sound good and we have tons of raspberries waiting to be picked. Tonight's the night. I wish I could give you some.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Lady Lorelei: Oh thank you so much

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I've been by your red berry pudding recipe before but just stopped by again to say hi and thank you for being such a sweetheart. Hope your week is wonderful.

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      bechand 5 years ago

      i just might try it - looks pretty simple - shouldn't mess this one up :O)

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      sounds delicious.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      It sure does!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This looks so good! And it's a nice change from cake, pie and other desserts we usually serve.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Ausgezeichnet! Sehr Wunderbar! Congratulations for making it on the DELICIOUS Valentines Recipe board! Well deserved! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and yummy lens!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      I have to try this red berry pudding. It looks delicious! And I like that you can use different berries. Nice presentation.

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      mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

      Looks so yummy! Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed seeing this, looks healthy yet sweet.

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I love berries! Wish they could make a hybrid one of all of them in one!

      I'm adding this to my Fave lenses lens for the next update (sometime next week

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @emmaklarkins: Thanks I was hoping this was the answer to the grutze question. I looked up the English to German translation of pudding and porridge and neither was close. Thanks for commenting.

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Looks tasty! It's interesting to see how similar the German word for pudding is to the Norwegian word for pudding or porridge (grot).

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Oh my Oh my, I've never even considered making Rote Grutze but I certainly will be making one now. You can't beat a red berry pudding

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      these all look wonderful - great ideas for Valentine's day

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      It is beautiful and it looks delicious. Not sure my husband would like it. He prefers apples, peaches, and vanilla sorts of things.