Who says that ice cream desserts are just for summer!
Using picked at their peak frozen berries and just a few minutes cooking to make this Warm Winter Berry Sauce just might be what you need to make you a winter ice cream eater!
Using just 3 ingredients, including a minimal amount of brown sugar, really highlights the flavour of the fruit! Letting the frozen berries thaw starts the juices flowing, and allows for a very brief cooking time – to keep the structure of the berries.
While debating to use cornstarch or other thickener, I decided against. I didn’t want it thick and gloppy. I wanted the fruit to taste of summer and it did; it also offered up delicious fruity aromas during the brief simmer!
The berry mixture I used had blueberries, raspberries, strawberries & blackberries, and I tossed in some cranberries for good measure! Knowing it would be used with ice cream I really wanted the sauce to be more tart, than sweet. Cranberries also have a lot of natural pectin to help with thickening. (Don’t forget to quarter or halve any large strawberries.)
Take the fruit out to thaw as you’re sitting down to dinner. Put it in the cooking pot to save all those lovely juices, and then it’s just a few minutes to finish and make a warm & luscious dessert that features fruit – with fibre, vitamin c and some iron.
- 2 cups mixed frozen berries
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh orange or lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange or lemon zest
- Put the berries in a medium sized pot to thaw - approx 20 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a gentle boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes tops.
- Let cool before serving.
- Great over ice cream, waffles, pancakes, etc