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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.