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raspberry sauce finished

Summer is in full swing!  I love it, even the 100 degree heat wave we are having here in Northern California.  Sunshine makes me happy!

In honor of summer I'm sharing my recipe for easy but tasty Triple Berry Sauce.  This sauce is terrific over ice cream, strawberry shortcake or my personal favorite, cheesecake.  It's the perfect light summer condiment. Let's get started!

The ingredients are so simple:

  • 1 (one) 12 oz. bag of frozen mixed berries (I like strawberry-blackberry-blueberry but use any combination of fresh or frozen berries you like)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • scant 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

raspberry sauce lemon juice

raspberry sauce sugar

raspberry sauce cinnamon

Place the berries in a medium saucepan with just a splash of water.  Add the lemon, sugar and cinnamon.

raspberry sauce bubble

Cook the mixture over medium high, stirring occasionally to coax the berries to break down and the mixture comes to a soft boil.

raspberry sauce coats

Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, take it off the heat and using a big spoon or potato masher, make sure the berries are all broken down, letting their juices out.  You could give it a whirl with an immersion blender to break down the fruit, just be extra careful, you don't want to wear this berry sauce!  It stains clothing, trust me.

raspberry sauce strain

Pour the mixture through a sieve, pressing and scraping the solids to get all the berry goodness out.

raspberry sauce finished

Pour the sauce into  container and place in the refrigerator to cool.  Drizzle the cold sauce over your favorite dessert!

Occasionally, I add a little framboise (raspberry liqueur) or creme de cassis (black current liqueur) to the saucepan for a little extra kick, but it's totally optional.

Just sitting here thinking about it, I'm dreaming up new ways to eat this sauce: drizzled over grilled peaches, mixed with Greek yogurt, a few dollops in a smoothie... my mouth is watering!

Give it a shot, I know you will love it!

triple berry sauce long


It's Day 4 of 31 Days of the Simple Things.  If you are lost or need to catch up, you can start at the beginning here.

Yesterday I told you I was enjoying a cup of Day 4 but didn't tell you what it was.  Ok, no big surprise, it was a hot cup of coffee.

But coffee is not today's Simple Thing.  Ohhhhh nooooo, that would be too obvious.  A cup of coffee in the morning is a ritual for most people I know.  It's warm, it's nutty, it's caffeinated (for some anyway, not me.)  But yesterday I did something I usually forget to do but makes a big difference in my coffee ritual.

Before I brew it, I add to the grounds a pinch of cinnamon and half a pinch of nutmeg.  Then I brew as normal (I use a Bialeti) and the coffee (in my case, espresso) comes out heavenly scented.  It tastes like dessert but I don't even add sweetener, just a splash of milk.  I sat in bed yesterday, sipping my spiced coffee, the window open and breeze coming through... it was a perfectly peaceful and delicious morning.

That 30 second act of adding some spices to my coffee grounds turned a good cup of coffee into a treat.  I'm not ashamed to say, it felt gourmet.  And unlike adding the spices to the coffee after it has brewed (think the shakers of spice at the coffee shop), they don't sink to the bottom of the cup and turn into a ball of slime for you to consume in your last few sips of coffee.  Yeah, I've done that.

A pinch of spice is a simple thing, with huge payback!