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
Place the berries in a medium saucepan with just a splash of water. Add the lemon, sugar and cinnamon.
Cook the mixture over medium high, stirring occasionally to coax the berries to break down and the mixture comes to a soft boil.
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.
Pour the mixture through a sieve, pressing and scraping the solids to get all the berry goodness out.
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!