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Fruit Coulis, Fruit Sauce or Fruit Puree?

Whatever you require to call it, a fruit coulis is amazing accompaniment to any dish, savory or sweet.
Simple to make, the sauces are filled with fresh fruit flavor, & with all of the fruits obtainable, the flavor combinations are limitless.
I have seen them made with raw fruits, but I prefer to cook them. To me, the flavor of the fruit intensifies when cooked, & the puree gets a lovely smooth texture.
There's no special tools needed to make the recipe, a few things, like a sieve/strainer & an immersion blender, that most people probably have on hand in their kitchens.
The next time you require to add a special touch to a dish, or impress your friends with a fancy sounding garnish, try making a fruit coulis.

Just some of the fruits that can be used in a coulis

Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries all make wonderful fruit sauces.

How to make a fruit coulis

Almost any fruit can be used in this type of sauce, but a couple may need a thickening agent, like cornstarch, to get the appropriate texture.
In the event you cannot receive a specific fruit, frozen fruits may even be used. Thaw them before cooking.
While I prefer a simple coulis because of it is intense flavor, feel free to experiment & add various spices or fruit juices for other layers of flavor.

Simple Fruit Coulis Recipe

Raspberry sauce ready for use.  This preparation results in a divinely intense raspberry flavor.  There is nothing quite like it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fruit, fresh or frozen. Chop larger fruits into bite sized pieces. Thaw frozen fruit completely.
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sugar, depending on taste
  • 1/2 cup water
    *Note that the cook time includes preparing the fruit, cooking it, and cooling, pureeing and straining the mixture.
    **Remove the pits from all stone fruits like peaches, plums and cherries, before cooking.

    Instructions

    1. Wash the fruit. If using larger fruits, like peaches or pineapples, peel and cut in to bite sized pieces.
    2. In a medium saucepan, add fruit, sugar and water.
    3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
    4. Reduce temperature to medium heat and continue boiling for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring often. While cooking, the fruit will soften. Use the back of a spoon to gently crush the fruit against the side of the pan. Be cautious because the mixture is hot and can splash up and burn you.
    5. One time sauce has thickened to about the texture of syrup, set aside to chilled.
    6. One time cooled, use an immersion blender to puree . In the event you don't have an immersion blender, pour the mixture in to a regular blender.
    7. Pour the pureed mixture in to a fine sieve/strainer that is resting over a bowl, and gently push the liquid through it. The sieve will collect most of the seeds and fruit pulp.
    8. Discard the seeds and pulp. Serve immediately or place in to an airtight container and refrigerate. The sauce ought to last about week in the refrigerator.



                  Raspberries, sugar and water, the ingredients you'll need for a raspberry sauce.
                  Raspberries, sugar and water, the ingredients you'll need for a raspberry sauce.
                  Source: Glimmer Twin Fan
                  Key Lime Pie with a Raspberry Coulis
                  Key Lime Pie with a Raspberry Coulis
                  Source: Glimmer Twin Fan

                  Serving suggestions

                  Sweet
                  Savory
                  Pies
                  Fish
                  Puddings
                  Pork
                  Pound Cakes
                  Beef
                  Ice Cream
                  Chicken
                  Pancakes/Waffles
                  Vegetables
                  Fresh Fruit

                  Key Lime Pie with a Raspberry Coulis

                  Sometimes a key lime pie is a bit tart for me. Try adding a raspberry coulis for a touch of sweetness.
                  For the pie:
                  • 1 - 9" graham cracker crust
                  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
                  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
                  • 3 egg yolks
                   Combine the condensed milk, key lime juice & the egg yolks & mix until smooth. Pour in to the pie crust & bake in a 350° oven for 15 minutes. Icy & refrigerate
                  For the coulis:
                  • 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
                  • 1/4 cup sugar (raspberries get sweeter when cooked so I try not to use too much sugar)
                  • 1/2 cup water
                  Refer to the instructions in the photos above when preparing the sauce.

                  Mixed Berry Coulis Recipe

                  Delicious on pancakes, pie or anything else, this mixed berry sauce is so good.
                  Delicious on pancakes, pie or anything else, this mixed berry sauce is so good.
                  Source: Glimmer Twin Fan
                  • 2 cups berries (1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup blackberries)
                  • 1/2 cup sugar
                  • 1/2 cup water
                  Assemble the ingredients.  Here we have mixed berries, sugar and water.
                  Assemble the ingredients. Here we have mixed berries, sugar and water.
                  Source: Glimmer Twin Fan

                  Fruits and flavors that can be used when making a coulis

                  Use an individual fruit or any combination
                  Possible flavors to add
                  Raspberries
                  Lemon juice
                  Strawberries
                  Orange juice
                  Blackberries
                  Ginger
                  Blueberries
                  Cinnamon
                  Pineapple
                  Mint
                  Mango
                  Brandy
                  Papaya
                  Vanilla
                  Kiwi
                  Lime juice
                  Apples
                  Coconut extract
                  Pears
                  Rum
                  Peaches
                  Cherries
                  These are just some suggestions. Try seasonal fruits that are at their peak of flavor. Some fruits, like pineapple, contain more water and may need a thickening agent, like cornstarch. Always remove the pits from fruits like peaches and cherries b

                  Strawberry Coulis Recipe

                  This strawberry sauce is perfect on vanilla ice cream.
                  This strawberry sauce is perfect on vanilla ice cream.
                  Source: Glimmer Twin Fan
                  • 2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
                  • 1/2 cup sugar (these strawberries were out of season and not so sweet so they needed plenty of sugar)
                  • 1/2 cup of water
                  Use the same instructions that are shown above for the mixed berry coulis recipe.

                  Try one for yourself

                  Try using different fruits, when they are in season and at their peak of flavor.
                  Whether you need to treat yourself, or are having a dinner party, these sauces add a special touch to any dish you make.
                  A fruit coulis also makes a terrific gift. Put the sauce in to a pleasant jar and add a bow. You are positive to be invited back if your bring a jar of this with you.
                  Of work you can always do what I do and grab a spoon and start eating! Enjoy!

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