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Horizontal image of a bowl filled with compote, whipped cream, and assorted fruit with a mint garnish.

Rote Grütze (Red Berry and Cherry Pudding)

  • Author: Nina-Kristin Isensee
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (about 1 1/2 cups) 1x


In this sweet, jelly-like pudding, cherries, raspberries, and strawberries tango with tapioca to create a delicious dessert.


  • 1 1/2 cups pitted sweet cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped or sliced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened black or tart 100% cherry juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Minute or instant tapioca
  • Whipped cream, heavy cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)
  • Fresh red fruit, for garnish (optional)
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepot over medium-high heat, add the cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cherry juice, vanilla, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is very soft and has begun to break down and release its juice. Remove from heat.
  3. Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a strainer or colander placed over a large bowl and allow it to drain, then set the fruit aside.
  4. Transfer the liquid back to the pot and add additional sugar to taste. Stir to combine.
  5. Whisk in the tapioca and set aside for 5 minutes. Return the pot to the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat while stirring constantly, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally, until the liquid has gelled (or cook according to package instructions).
  6. Return the reserved fruit to the pot and fold in gently to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl or individual dishes.
  7. This dessert may be served warm or at room temperature. To chill before serving, cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Garnish with your choice of cream, fresh fruit, and a sprig of mint. Store leftover pudding in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Pudding
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: berry, fruit, pudding, compote, strawberry, cherry, raspberry, tapioca, rote grutze