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Rote Grütze {German Fruit Pudding}

A traditional German dessert made with red fruit. Simple to make, yet elegant, rich in taste and delightful.

Rote Grütze {German Red Fruit Pudding} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #traditional #German #dessert #recipe

This is another of the recipes I made for my German cooking class last month … it is such a lovely red hue that I think it would be perfect for the holidays. Everyone at the class was enthralled with this simple dessert and they went back for seconds … and thirds. This lovely red pudding has a depth of flavor that totally captivates your tastebuds. For me, just a tiny dish was enough, but I noticed that others ate their little dish and wanted more … and more.

I found this traditional German pudding in many forms on the internet and created my own take on it. I hear from my internet travels that this pudding could be called the official dessert of Germany. I don’t know whether that’s true (and, as a German descendant am a little disgusted with myself for not knowing such things), but I can certainly see why it would be. It’s marvelous!

I really couldn’t believe how good this simple little pudding tasted. It might be the few cherries I threw in with the raspberries … but then the red wine, vanilla and cinnamon stepped in to add more complexity to the flavor. This gorgeous red pudding is marvelous with whipped cream, although I’m pondering the idea of a mascarpone cream to accompany my lovely German fruit pudding for the holidays.

Rote Grutze {German Fruit Pudding}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Rote Grutze {German Fruit Pudding}


  • 2 lb. fresh or frozen red fruit such as raspberries, cherries, currants, etc.
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 Tablespoons water


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the berries, wine, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Cook over low heat until the berries are soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the water until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the berry mixture, stirring constantly. Simmer for 3- 5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and pour the berry mixture into a bowl or container.
  3. Let cool. Serve chilled with whipped cream, yogurt, or custard.


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Rote Grütze {German Red Fruit Pudding} ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #traditional #German #dessert #recipe

This recipe was shared at What to Do Weekends and Weekend Potluck.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow, this looks fabulous! I’ve never heard of Rote Grutze before but now I definitely want to try it. It looks like the perfect holiday dessert!

    November 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Sonali! It really is marvelous–and such a pretty color.

      November 14, 2015 at 9:05 am