Now this delicacy is made with red currants, and maybe some currant juice as well as raspberries, strawberries and even blackberries. I don't know if you have a currant bush, but we do not and the little red buggers are $4.99 for a piddling small box if you can find them at all. Sooooo. What to do?
I have solved the problem by devising my own Americanische Rote Grütze. This is not authentic but it's very good.
Take a cup or more of frozen cranberries, 2 cups of rhubarb cut in 1 inch pieces and cook together in a few tablespoons of hot water with a squeeze of lemon juice and maybe 1/3 cup sugar. Cook until the berries have popped and the rhubarb is soft but still in recognizable shapes. Add a cup of so of red cherries and a 1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries or a mix of strawberries, red raspberries, etc. Add sugar to taste and cook until the berries are soft. Cool, chill and serve with whipped cream.
This is a dessert called compote, which is high in all those good-for-us red fruits, hell, it's all red fruit except for the necessary sugar. Don't over-sweeten. A bit of tartness is good.
This time of year with cherries and strawberries on sale is a good time to make Rote Grütze. I keep cranberries frozen from year to year. Raspberries, if reasonable, are a tasty addition. Antioxidants up the yingyang. Soooo healthy.
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