A cherry compote with vanilla cream, this is Kirsch Grütze mit Vanille-Creme from Dr. Oetker!
Lifted from the chilled section of the local supermarket, this Dr. Oetker dessert lives somewhere just beyond the yogurt section and near to the child-friendly filled-with-sugar section. It’s the bit of the supermarket I don’t pay that much attention to, in honesty. For something a bit different to review though, I went there. And I do like a bit of cherry.
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More and more lovers will find the Dr. Oetker cherry groats with vanilla cream. Only selected cherries with a particularly aromatic flavor are used for this product. Therefore the Dr. Oetker cherry groats is so fruity-fresh and not too sweet. The delicate vanilla cream, which can be applied directly to the groats by bending the cup, is a perfect match. | Oetker
In Germany Dr. Oetker does far more than just a frozen pizza or baking powder so really I had no idea what to expect.
On pulling the lid back, it looked as though the tub contained a pot of gloopy-sauce covered cherries. Not far off, actually – but the cherries are in plentiful supply. They’re a little sour against the sweet syrupy sauce and on their own made me think of cherry pie filling. The sheer amount of fruit (and I hadn’t ‘cherry picked’ for the photo either) made me happy. The sweet and sour combination is typically German and it’s delicious. Note to the UK: Stop drowning out tartness with excess sugar!
Moving on to the vanilla creme section and it looked suspiciously gelatinous. It had a distinct wobble to it…
Give it a bit of a bash around though and it soon becomes thick, creamy and smooth. The closest counterpart would be Ambrosia custard, straight from the fridge – though Ambrosia is richer. It’s nicely flavoured with vanilla and I could happily eat this on its own too. The two portions of the pot work well together, unsurprisingly.
This dessert is fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s not haute cuisine – it’s cherries and custard! Despite the gloopy appearance and plethora of noticeable thickeners, it’s rather nice (if you’re not looking for a luxury product). Approach with child-like glee to get the most out of it.
If you want to make this at home in the UK, grab some sour cherry pie filling and a carton of Ambrosia custard. Plonk them both, unceremoniously, into your fridge and wait for a couple of hours until they’re both properly chilled. Dish up equal weights of cherries and custard… and demolish happily, with a childish grin. I actually think I might have knocked at least 20 years off my age whilst I was eating this!