I have done this recipe before, maybe even two times . I think it worth repeating now that blackberries and other berries are just now starting to come on the market. And if you are lucky, in the garden. This dessert is one of the most popular one in the summer and can be made with all kinds of berries, even rhubarb.
The name of this dish in Danish is also the most common phrase in the Danish language used to test foreigners on how good they are to pronounce the dessert’s name in Danish “Rødgrød med fløde”. I was often teased by the Danes when I first came to Denmark, but now, after many years in Denmark, have mastered this difficult phrase. I was on television on two stations and the Danish radio on two different programs in order to promote my book “Modern Danish Cooking”.. I was asked two out of four times to pronounce Red Berry dessert in Danish. I passed with flying colors, but then I have been here in Denmrk many, many years.
Red Berry Dessert with Cream
2 lbs./32 oz. mixed fresh strawberrie, red currents, black currents, blackberries
½ lb./16 raspberries
½ cup water
8 oz./240 g sugar
4-5 tbsp. cornstarch
1½ cups/2 dl ice cold heavy cream
To make the berries, put mixed berries in a pot and simmer gently for 5-6 minutes. Add sugar and cook briefly before adding raspberries. Bring to a boil and stir, remove pot from heat. Dissolve cornstarch in a little cold water and mix it into the boiling hot mixture. Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle a little sugar over to keep skin from forming.
To serve, divide dessert into 6 bowls and pour a little cream onto each bowl or let the guests pour as much cream as they want. Milk can also be used.