How to Make Rumtopf

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Rumtopf is a traditional German dessert that is usually consumed around Christmas. It’s name is literally translated to rum pot. A combination of various fruits, rum, and sugar is placed into a large stoneware pot. The contents of the pot are left alone to mature for one to two months. During this time, the fruit becomes very soft and is fully saturated with rum. The entire process for how to make rumtopf takes around two to three months. The most commonly used fruits for this German dessert are peach, mango, pears, and plums.

The first step in making rumtopf is to peel all of the fruit you plan on placing into the pot. The only exception is plums as they do not need to be peeled. After the fruit has been peeled, thoroughly wash and dry them. Then you should slice the fruit.

The next step is to place sugar along the bottom of the pot, then add some of the sliced fruit, and then add some rum on top of that. You should continue this process until either the pot is full or until you have used all of your ingredients.

Once all of your ingredients are in the pot, you should cover the pot with plastic wrap, ensuring the seal is air tight. Then place the lid on the pot.

Now that you have finished the preparation stage, all that is left to do is wait. Place the pot in an area that is cool and leave it to mature for two to three months.

Once enough time has passed and the rumtopf in the pot has matured enough, it will be ready for human consumption. You can choose to eat the rumtopf with waffles, ice cream, yogurt, cream, or cake. There are countless ways in which this classic German dessert can be enjoyed.

Last Updated on March 29, 2019

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  1. We made a rumtopf, unfortunately, my husband decided not to use the sugar. Now the fruits are all brown and tasteless. Is there any way we can rescue this mixture? Would using white rum preserve the fruit colors better?

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