The Best Homemade Berry Sauce
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Basic Berry Sauce
- 2 cup berries fresh or frozen
- 4-6 tablespoons maple syrup to taste depending on the tartness of your berries
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a small saucepan add berries, maple syrup, and water. Simmer over medium-low heat for 6-10 minutes or until the berries have softened. If adding the optional additions, mix them in a minute or two before you remove the berry sauce from the heat.
If you desire a smooth sauce, use a counter top blender or immersion blender and puree until smooth.
Cool and serve immediately, refrigerate, or freeze. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about one week or in the freezer for up to a year.
We recommend organic ingredients when possible, especially when it comes to strawberries since they are on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen produce list.
If you want a very smooth, translucent sauce and you're using a berry with larger seeds (like raspberries or blackberries), you may want to run the cooked berries through a food mill or strain them through a sieve or piece of cheesecloth before blending.