Rote Grütze - A Traditional German Treat!


My daughter is currently obsessed with french toast for breakfast and opts for Rote Grütze instead of maple syrup.  She enjoys it warm over waffles, pancakes or oatmeal. It’s also delicious cold with ice cream, a dollop of whip cream or with vanilla sauce or yogurt.  It’s super easy to make and the kids can do all the cooking!  You can use whatever berries are fresh and in season, or any variety found in the freezer section. 

Rote Grütze is a traditional German dish hailing from the Schleswig-Holstein region, that is both delicious and easy to create.  Historically, this recipe was made with groat, a whole grain, which gave it a grainy texture.  The recipe has changed since then, and is now most popularly made with red summer berries, such as cherries, raspberries and currants and is served either hot or cold, depending largely on the weather, and with vanilla sauce, pudding, ice cream or simply topped with whipped cream.  The recipe is popular today and many call it the national desert of Germany.  You can make this dish simply with berries, sugar, thickeners and fruit juice or add seasonings such as cinnamon, kirschwasser (cherry liquor) or red wine to make the flavor more complex.  The dish is very versatile and can be served as a snack, breakfast or desert.  The dish is easy enough for kids to create, and delicious for all ages.


Recipe for kid friendly Rote Grütze


6 cups of fresh or frozen berries (use any mixture of strawberries, red currants, raspberries, cherries, or blueberries)

½ cup sugar

2 T cornstarch

¼ cup cold water

1 T fresh lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract


If you are using frozen berries, thaw them before using.  Wash berries thoroughly and remove any stems.  Combine the berries and sugar in a non-stick saucepan over medium heat.  Stir constantly, bringing to a boil.

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water.  Whisk until dissolved completely.  Stir into berry mixture and reduce heat to medium low and simmer until it begins to thicken – about 3 minutes.

Remove the berry mixture from heat and stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract.  Transfer to a bowl and serve warm or cover and refrigerate to serve cold.