The Fields are Bursting with Berries!
This Danish Strawberry Porridge is one of the first Danish recipes that I tasted when I met the Lassen family. Simple and tasty, it takes advantage of the beautiful fresh berries we have in California. It makes a wonderful stand-alone dessert (served with cream or coconut cream), but can also be used as a topping for cheesecake or rice pudding.
- 4 lbs fresh strawberries
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- Wash strawberries and remove stems, place in heavy pot
- Pour sugar on top of the berries, stir, and place over low heat. Cover
- Open up the vanilla bean lengthwise and open it up, then scrape the inside with a knife to remove the soft insides with the seeds. Add both the scrapings and the bean to the berries and sugar
- As the berries heat up slowly, they will soften and release juice, so watch carefully so they don’t burn. (Some recipes add some water, but I generally don’t. Just keep the heat low until the berries are soft and juice has formed.)
- Once the berries are soft, bring to a slow boil
- Meanwhile, mix the cornstarch in the cold water, stirring carefully
- While stirring the berries, pour the cornstarch water into the pot, and stir until thickened. This will happen quickly
- Remove from heat and cool, then remove the vanilla bean
- Serve warm or cold with cream or coconut cream
Enjoy this wonderful, summery dessert!
4 thoughts on “A Danish Taste of Summer! Jordbær Grød”
I loved this recipe
Brings memories of my grandmother and mother making this.
One of my favorite deserts.
It turned out perfect.
I am so glad! It is a really delightful and fresh dessert. It always makes me feel closer to Oda whenever I make it, too. Thanks!
Thank you so much for this recipe. My MorFar taught me this many many years ago and I’ve tried making it like his but Danish strawberries are so much more ripe, small and red. I take the white out from the center though. Only thing I wish you had in the instructions was about how long per step. I’m basically guessing but with practice each time, I’ll get better and someday get NEAR his level but never to it. 🙂
I’m so glad you found the recipe! It is delightful, and yes, the quality of the berries make a big difference. The time it takes is always a play-it-by-ear, but this is a fairly quick recipe.