Simple Berry Coulis

I love berry coulis…which is basically just a fancy-sounding word meaning mashed and strained berries (culinary wizards of the blog world please don’t slay me for my lazy definition). Anyhow, I’ve become rather addicted to the stuff and lately it’s been making my morning breakfast of vanilla yogurt all kinds of perky. The great thing about coulis is that it is very simple to make, you can whip up enough to store and keep on hand for whenever a craving strikes, and it tastes amazing on everything from crepes and yogurt to ice cream. Yum!

I don’t have an exact recipe, so you might want to google one up for reference…but here is my basic process in case you are interested:

  • Pour around 1-2 cups of frozen or fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc) into a sauce pan.
  • Add around 1/8 cup fresh water.
  • Squeeze about 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into the pan.
  • Add granulated sugar to taste – I used around 4 Tablespoons (sometimes more).
  • Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes or until berries are soft and easy to mash with the back of a spoon.
  • Place a fine-meshed seived onto a heat-safe dish (such as a glass measuring cup) and carefully pour the hot berry liquid through the sieve in batches, mashing berries against the sieve with the back of a spoon to extract the juices. Discard berry pulp and seeds.
  • Repeat until all the berries have been strained.
  • Pour coulis into an air-tight container or lidded glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Serve chilled or warm. Enjoy!