Rumtopf (Macerated Fruit Conserve)

  • Serves

    makes About 7 Cups


This sweet-tart conserve is a luscious accompaniment to ice cream. It also adds a fruity dimension when stirred into champagne. This recipe first appeared in our December 2012 issue along with Todd Coleman's story Bavarian Dream.


  • 12 oz. pitted sour cherries (available from
  • 12 oz. peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced tart apples, such as Fuji, Gala, or Granny Smith
  • 6 oz. blackberries
  • 6 oz. fresh red currants
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brandy, plus more
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Pumpkin seed oil and mint sprigs, to garnish


Step 1

Place cherries, apples, blackberries, currants, sugar and brandy in a sterilized 2-qt. glass jar and shake to combine; seal jar with a lid. Let sit at room temperature until fruit is soft and the liquid around fruit is stained red, at least 48 hours. Refrigerate for up to a month.

Step 2

To serve, ladle a spoonful of fruit into a serving dish, and top with a scoop of ice cream; drizzle with oil, garnish with mint and serve immediately.

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