Grandma’s Barley in Berry Juice

In Dutch called ‘Watergruwel’ or ‘Krentjebrij’. This is one of the first traditional dutch recipes my grandma showed me. However, it is a very sustainable dish and you can be personalized it to your liking. For example, whenever my grandma has homemade blackberry jam she uses that instead of the berry juice. You can eat this dish warm, cold, with whipped cream or maybe even ice cream. I prefer this dish warm topped off with some cold yogurt..

Grandma’s Barley in Berry Juice

Servings 2 servings


  • Cooking pan


  • 50 gram Barley
  • 250 ml Water
  • 250 ml Berry Juice
  • 2 tbsp Red Currants
  • ½ Lemon
  • 50 gram Sugar
  • 100 gram Raisins
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise


  • Cook the barley in the water for 30 minutes.
  • Add the berrie juice, sugar, peel and juice of the lemon, raisins, the cinnamon and anise. Cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Serve with the fresh red currants.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: Sweet

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