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Rote Grutze (Red Fruit Jelly)

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“This is a very popular dish in Germany. You can use any type of berries you like or try it with cherries. It is mostly eaten with vanilla sauce but milk, ice cream or custard are also popular accompaniments.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 300 ml fruit juice or 300 ml water
  • 4.92 ml vanilla
  • 44.37 ml sugar (or more, depending on the sweetness of your berries)
  • 24.64 ml starch (I used potato)
  • 44.37 ml cold water
  • 400 g mixed berries, washed and drained (I like blueberries and red currants but feel free to use your favorites)


  1. In a small pot bring the fruit juice or water, vanilla and sugar to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile combine starch and cold water in a small bowl and stir to mix.
  3. When water is just starting to boil, add starch mixture.
  4. Let it come to a full boil; make sure to stir well as the starch will form lumps if you don't.
  5. Mix in berries and turn off the heat.
  6. Let your pot stand on the hot stove top for one or two more minutes, stirring once or twice.
  7. Pour everything into a bowl and chill until the jelly has thickened. This might take one or two hours depending on how thick you want your jelly to be.
  8. Serve with topping of your choice, or plain, and enjoy!

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