With Easter around the corner I wanted to share with you one really, easy dessert recipe. I’m not even sure if you can call it recipe as there are only 3 ingredients inside, but believe me it’s super delicious. It’s perfect if you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen whipping up a cake for the Easter brunch. Add some home-made vanilla sauce and you will get one of Germany’s favorite desserts. I’m talking about Rote Grütze. Super popular sweet dish in Germany and Denmark. I found out the English transnational is red berry compote, but I hope if this dish ever makes it on American menus it will keep it’s German name, it seams it’s kind of those words like zeitgeist or über. Sounds somehow more fun. Rote Grütze is traditionally made of red and black currants and raspberries, but today’s recipes mostly also use strawberries and cherries. Any berry is fine. You can eat it with ice cream, milk, vanilla sauce, whipped cream or add it as to topping or filling to cakes. I prefer the one with vanilla sauce. So here is my recipe for Rote Grütze and home-made vanilla sauce. Enjoy! You will need: makes about 8 servings
- 2lb mixed berries, you can use fresh or frozen. If you are using frozen let them tow before handling.
- 2 cups cherry juice
- 3 tbsp sugar
-3 tbsp corn or potato scratch
- 1/2 cup milk- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 egg yolks
-2 tbsp sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla
What to do:
1. Wash and clean the berries if you are using fresh ones. Cut strawberries in smaller pieces. If you are using frozen berries, let them tow before using.
2. Bring cherry juice and sugar to boil. Reduce the heat to low and add berries. Shimmer for 5 minutes.
3. Whisk the corn scratch with some cherry juice and pour it into the berries while stirring.
4. Cook until the mixture starts to thickens and blisters appear. Remove from heat and set aside.
1. Mix the egg yolk and the sugar in a heat-proof bowl until well combined.
2. In a sauce pen bring milk with vanilla to shimmer.
3. Remove the milk from heat and add it gradually to the egg-sugar mixture. And stir until you have a smooth sauce.
4. Place everything back in the sauce pen and shimmer until the sauce starts to thickens. But do not boil!
Serve Rote Grütze and Vanilla Sauce hot or cold in a bowl and enjoy!
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