DANISH NATIONAL SUMMER DESSERT

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Red berry dessert with cream is the Danish National summer dessert made with a combinatin of strawberries, red, currants, black currants and raspberries, and it is served with cold milk or cream. The season for each different type of berries in Denmark is short and intence. It is seldom that all the berries that grow in Denmark are ripe at the same time. Therefore, this dish can differ from week to week during the summer.

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” a few months ago. 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.

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Red Berry Dessert with Cream

2 lbs. mixed fresh strawberrie, red currents, black currents

½ lb. raspberries

½ cup waater

8 oz. sugar

4-5 tbsp. cornstarch

3 cups 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.

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