Mennonite Fruit Soup: Moos

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This year as we go through the Fruit of the Spirit I was thinking… Hmm… what kind of recipes would fit that theme? And the first one that came to mind is one I grew up with.

My mom would make Moos out of various kinds of dried fruit, and we’d eat it for supper as a side dish, often with ham. I love Moos! My kids love Moos! Strangers only love it once they’ve tried it because the pronunciation of Moos is “mouse.”

It’s fun to tell your guests you’re having “mouse” for dinner! Try it… Your kids might think it’s fun to tell their friends (or teacher) they had mouse for dinner last night!

1 cup raisins, washed
1 cup dried apples, cut into small pieces
1½ cups dried prunes, cut into quarters
1 cup other dried fruit, can be a mixture (blueberries, cranberries, cherries, apricots, peaches or pear)
10 cups water
½-1 cup sugar (Depending on how sweet you like it… if you are using cherries or peaches you may not need any at all)
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup lemon juice

  • Optional: 1 tsp pumpkin pie or apple pie spice (or ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ½ tsp cinnamon)
  • Optional: red food coloring


  • Place all the fruit into a large pot with the water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Taste test to see if you need to add sugar. Then add sugar as necessary. It should have the sweetness of a pudding.
  • Mix the cold lemon juice and the cornstarch with about ¼ cup cold water until it’s a smooth paste.
  • Stir the cornstarch paste into the hot fruit and bring to a boil again. Add spices if you choose to add them at all. (These spices make a nice change especially around festive seasons like Easter or Thanksgiving.)
  • The final color of this will be dependent on the fruit you use. I like using cherries or blueberries because the color is so fruity. But traditionally Moos is brownish from the prunes, apples and raisins.
  • If you don’t like the color, just add a few drops of red food coloring – not too much!
  • Serve this warm or cold. It’s great with ham or even sandwiches. Eat this instead of applesauce with your pork chops! And it’s a fabulous breakfast. (And if you use a few extra prunes it’ll help keep you regular!)


Carla Anne Coroy is a speaker, blogger and author of Married Mom, Solo Parent. She’s been married nearly 20 years and is living in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled teens. You can find her at or on Facebook at

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About Carla Anne Coroy

Carla Anne Coroy is a gifted storyteller and teacher with a contagious enthusiasm for life. Even the mucky parts. Her humorous and down-to-earth style quickly engages her audiences as she ignites God's hope in everyday situations. She speaks and conducts seminars on a variety of topics including parenting, marriage, organization, and biblical finances. Watch for her upcoming book for married moms who solo parent or check out her blog. Carla Anne is blessed to be homeschooling her kids. She and her husband of 15 years live in a quiet, rural neighborhood of Manitoba disturbed primarily by their four children, yappy poodle, and operatic budgie.

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  1. Thanks for your recipe. I grew up with this as well. But we called it MOOSE or MOHS, not mouse. That sounds more appetizing. My mother used mostly apples, plums, and raisins. I’ll have to make it again soon. My mouth is watering. Warm fruit soup sounds good for chilly weather.

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