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North European berry pudding with cream

(Swedish berry cream dessert)

Average: 4.5 (8 votes)

Enjoy this spring and summer dessert, so refreshing in its simplicity. Bärkräm is a creamy berry pudding from Sweden that can be made with blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, or any berries in season.

4 to 6 servings


  • Water -- 3 cups
  • Sugar -- 1 cup
  • Berries, any type, cleaned and trimmed -- 4 cups
  • Cornstarch -- 1/4 cup
  • Water -- 3 tablespoons


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the berries and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until they begin to break down. Add extra sugar to taste as needed.
  2. Stir the cornstarch into the 3 tablespoons of cold water, and then whisk the cornstarch slurry into the simmering berries to thicken it into a loose, pudding-like consistency. (Keep in mind, the berries will thicken even more as they cool. You might not need all of the slurry. Then again you might need more. It depends on the berries.)
  3. Remove from heat and pour the berries into a large bowl or individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and chill well.
  4. Serve topped with a little heavy cream or with a dollop of whipped cream.

Bärkräm Variations

  • Use whatever berries are in season: blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries. Or combine two or more types.
  • The berries will vary in their sweetness, so the adjust amount of sugar in the recipe to your liking.
  • Potato starch or arrowroot can be used in place of the cornstarch.


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