This fruit pudding recipe, the original Rote Grütze, is one of Schleswig-Holstein's traditional desserts. It could also be described as Germany's national dessert! Traditionally made with just fresh red currants or a combination of red currants and raspberries, there are many variations possible. You can always use a mix of fruits or just stay with one type.
Some of these possibilities are ripe berries, such as strawberries, red or black currants, raspberries, cherries, cranberries, and even rhubarb can be used.
My favourite memories of this dessert are very recent. Our friends took us on a "must do" excursion: taking a walk to a Hallig which is part of the Schleswig-Holstein's Wattenmeer National Park. This was a 6 km. walk from the beach to the Hallig (island) following the tide that was going out.
Hiking barefoot through the wet sand and navigating around the little sea creatures such as stingrays and areas of sharp shells, was quite an adventure. Once on the Hallig, we rested with a cup of coffee and Rote Grütze, all the while keeping our eyes on the clock. Rested and nicely filled, we quickly hiked back to the mainland before the tide came back in.
This was my introduction to one of several easy fruit desserts. All that seems to matter is that this fruit pudding is red. Other than that it seems, any combination of fruits work.
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