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Boozy Berry Sauce

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I recently bought an expensive bottle of raspberry sauce from a reputable local company to use as pancake topping. It was thick, red and sweet, but had absolutely no flavour. It was an impulse buy, purchased on a whim just before this summer’s fruit debut, bought when I was hankering after something fruity other than oranges, apples, or bananas, fruit that fitted within my ethos for eating locally.

Being accustomed to making 99% of what we eat from scratch, I am always disappointed when I succumb to the lure of marketing. What ends up happening is that I then have to prove to myself and anyone else who might be listening that it IS possible to make a comparable product with real lip smacking flavour.

My Boozy Berry Sauce tastes like …berries. It’s delicious with ice cream, chocolate cake, fresh strawberries, with vanilla yoghurt and toasted almonds on top of pancakes, in fact anywhere you would use raspberry coulis. The best part of my sauce is the brandy extends the shelf life for up to one month, if you can keep it that long.

Boozy Berry Sauce would make a wonderful Christmas gift from your kitchen!

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250g frozen blueberries
250g frozen raspberries
Seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla pod
1 tablespoon cornflour
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/4 cup brandy

Thaw the berries in a strainer over a bowl to collect the juice. Mix the cornflour together with 4 tablespoons of juice to make a thin paste. Set aside.
Heat the berries, juice and vanilla to boiling point then add the sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved then remove from the heat. Pass the berries through a coarse mesh strainer to remove the raspberry pips and the blueberry skins.
Return the berry purée to the boil, then add the cornflour paste stirring continuously until the purée thickens. Simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the brandy.
Pour into sterilized bottles and store in the fridge. Makes approx 500mls.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

24 comments on “Boozy Berry Sauce

  1. neetukushi
    December 12, 2013

    What a great idea and it would make a great gift too. 🙂

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  2. ohlidia
    December 12, 2013

    Just as I was asking myself if this would work with frozen berries, it’s freakin’ cold here, I scrolled down to your recipe! Perfect! And seeing as I’m working on my edible gifts, I just might include a batch of this. Thanks Sandra!

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  3. ChgoJohn
    December 11, 2013

    A homemade berry sauce is always good. I don’t know why but a boozy berry sauce is so much better. 😉

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  4. Michelle
    December 11, 2013

    Ah, summer in a bottle. With booze. What more could one ask for?

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  5. tinywhitecottage
    December 11, 2013

    This sounds so good. Yes! A great Christmas gift and I would love this on vanilla yogurt. I may even splash a little in a glass of milk! 🙂

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  6. Saskia (1=2)
    December 11, 2013

    This looks berry berry good, and anything with ‘boozy’ in the title always catches my eye 😉
    I succumbed to bought berry sauce too once, and I mean once! This a great gift-in-a-bottle idea for teachers. Looks absolutely delicious.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 11, 2013

      It’s sad that there’s a market for pretenders! Home made is always worth the extra effort and usually costs a lot less too! Lucky teachers!

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  7. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward
    December 11, 2013

    OH My gosh! What a great idea! I am glad you were inspired… 🙂 Will try. Best – Shanna

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  8. chef mimi
    December 10, 2013

    Don’t you just hate that? I bought bacon jam – a little tiny jar for a lot of money – and it was ghastly. I bought it in London so perhaps I thought it would be really good. Silly. But this sauce looks perfect!

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 11, 2013

      Thank you it tastes as I expected, berry delicious!

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 11, 2013

      Thanks, very happy with the outcome. Did you try to make bacon jam?

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  9. marymtf
    December 10, 2013

    I usually slosh a bit of booze over my vanilla ice cream when I’m in the mood for a tastier hit. Then again, trust you to come up with an even more interesting variation.

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  10. StefanGourmet
    December 10, 2013

    Of course from scratch is better 🙂 And in this straightforward as well! Can the brandy be omitted?

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 10, 2013

      Sure, leave the brandy out by all means, but I would use the sauce within a week if you do.

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  11. Francesca
    December 10, 2013

    This looks like a Christmas recipe to save. My aunt used to make a similar one and this has brought back memories.

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    • ladyredspecs
      December 10, 2013

      Glad you like the berry sauce, we all need a memory jogger from time to time!

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  12. Transplanted Cook
    December 10, 2013

    Just the thing for some of the berries I froze from my garden! Thanks for passing the recipe.

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