A Scrumptious Red Berry Compote: Use In-Season Berries to Wow

If you’re on the lookout for a fresh and fruity dessert that is easy to prepare, this is definitely the right dish for you. I recommend this recipe because it is light, juicy, and has nearly everything a summer dish needs.

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This kind of compote is a popular dessert in Germany (called “Rote Grütze”) and in Scandinavian cuisine.

It is the perfect treat right now because you can use the whole range of fresh berries that the season has to offer. Classic choices are red currants, blackcurrants, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries.

Sago pearls are used to thicken the dish, basically a granulated starch. During the cooking process, the firm white pearls become soft and transparent.

Authentic European Scrumptious Red Berry Compote Recipe

Be careful not to overcook them, as they can get mushy. The pearls I use at home are partly made of tapioca. This is derived from the roots of manioc, a tropical plant from South America.

I think these tapioca pearls would be a perfect fit for your berry compote:

Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca, Small Pearl, 24-Ounce Units (Pack of 4) available from Amazon

Nevertheless, if you prefer a totally smooth texture, simply replace the pearls with cornstarch or custard powder, to thicken the compote.

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You can serve the recipe in a large bowl for buffets or parties with lots of people.

In that case, you can even double or triple the recipe. Another nice idea is to serve it in small jars or glasses, already portioned for every guest.

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If you ask me, there is nothing better than something sweet and creamy to serve to finish off luncheons or get togethers. Cream cheese, whipped cream, and vanilla sauce are some of my favorite ingredients, and ice cream based dishes make a fantastic choice as well.

Authentic European Scrumptious Red Berry Compote Recipe
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  • 4 cups mixed red fruits/berries*
  • 1/2 cup red fruit juice**
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup small tapioca pearls
  1. Mix the fruits with the juice and sugar in a saucepan and gently boil.
  2. Sieve the mixture and collect the juice. Keep the fruit for later.
  3. Pour the juice into a saucepan and add the pearls while constantly stirring, bring to boil and cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer on very low. Leave to simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes with the lid closed (the pearls should appear lucent but still be recognizable as such). Stir occasionally.
  5. Add the sieved fruits and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours, ideally overnight
Recipe Notes

* Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants, black currants all work well. If you’d rather have “yellow fruit compote” then simply replace the red fruits with a mix of green gooseberries, pineapple, peaches and bananas

** Grape or cherry juice with 100% fruit content (read the labels) with no additional sugar added. For adults consumption only, consider replacing all or some of the juice with a fruity red wine or black currant liqueur.

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About Nina-Kristin Isensee

Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.

10 thoughts on “A Scrumptious Red Berry Compote: Use In-Season Berries to Wow”

  1. I love the look of this, and tapioca has always been a favorite of mine. This is the perfect time to make this dessert, since berries are in season, and plentiful. I will probably make it with a mixture of berries, and I already have some tapioca pearls on hand, and I was looking for a recipe to use them in when I found this page.

  2. This berry compote looks absolutely scrumptious! I personally prefer the red berry combination rather than the alternative yellow variation, the flavors seem like they would blend together better. To each his own, however. Thank you for the new recipe! My family loves tapioca especially, so this will definitely be a hit. 🙂

  3. Mmm, this looks incredible. I would love to give this a try with a mix of raspberries from the garden when they’re ready for picking! This mix seems like it would be great to pour over vanilla ice cream as a topping, or to top off the fruit itself with some whipped cream. The individual portions idea for company is great as well; add in a bit of wine or liqueur and it would be the best party dessert. 😀

    You guys have got to stop with so many great recipe articles here, really. I spend too much time on this site nowadays and my list of suggestions to try out is growing too long for me to get through this summer, haha. Keep up the great work; I’m a picky eater, so putting out this many things that appeal to me is an accomplishment. 😉

    • Thank you, that’s what we are here for, to indulge and inspire you 🙂
      I would love to grow my own food in a garden, unfortunately I haven’t got this possibility but I can imagine that this recipe might be a great fit for your raspberries, so enjoy!

  4. What a delicious dessert to make! I would love to serve something like this at a BBQ. Or maybe just whip up a small batch for everyone as an unexpected suprise.

  5. I’ve seen berry compote but never actually had it. It looks so simple to make, and so tasty. Perfect summer dessert, I’ll need to make some soon!

  6. I like this one it looks simple. I’m going to bet this combination of berries is great together.Um, I do think it would be hard to wait until the morning to eat this. I’d probably get up in the middle of the night if I didn’t break when it was done.

  7. This looks absolutely delicious, but pretty simple as well. I’ve used tapioca quite a few times in many different dishes, but I never thought of using it in this way. I also love using berries in the summer, so I’m definitely trying this out!

  8. Well this just looks amazing. I always love to use berries this time of year, and they are usually pretty cheap too which always helps. It just screams summer, and although we are almost done with it, I would think that I can squeeze a couple more summertime dishes in there. I am not too familiar with tapioca pebbles, but there is only one way to solve that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Right now, I notice that the season for fresh berries is slowly passing, unfortunately. So I hope you’ll still have some time and ingredients for this refreshing dessert. When you can’t find any tapioca around, you can go for cornstarch to thicken the compote.

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