Berry Sauce is a delicious accompaniment to waffles, pancakes, yogurt parfait, or even cakes. It’s easy to make with ingredients already in your kitchen and it uses easily accessible year around frozen berries. Only 5 minutes to make and it can be flavoured anyway you like.
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This Easy Berry Sauce made with Frozen Berries was a totally accidental recipe that I created about 10 years ago. I’ve been making it consistently every holiday season since then.
I was hosting a waffle extravaganza brunch for my girlfriends. There were different kinds of waffles with a variety of toppings for everyone to choose from: butter, honey, maple syrup, fresh fruit and berries, yogurt, even savoury toppings.
Yet, something was missing. I wanted something fruity, yet not just plain fresh fruit. And this is how this Berry Sauce with Frozen Berries came to be. It comes together in a matter of minutes and the ingredients are always on hand.
Berry Sauce is easy, delicious, slightly indulgent, and can be changed up in many different ways to suit different occasions. You only need a few ingredients and a few minutes. The Berry Sauce will elevate your waffles and pancakes. It is delicious on yogurt or over ice cream. It is perfect to top cakes and scones.
Ingredients to make Frozen Berry Sauce
- Frozen berries (any kind you like, you can use just one kind or a mix)
- Fresh orange juice and zest
- Maple syrup
- Cinnamon stick
How to make Berry Sauce with Frozen Berries
This is such an easy recipe that it took me a decade to post it but I actually had friends ask me about it so I am finally creating a recipe post.
- Combine all the ingredients in a small pot. No need to defrost the berries but no problem if they are defrosted either.
- Bring to boil and cook on low-medium heat, mashing with a back of a spoon a few times, until the berries are fully heated through and the sauce thickens.
- Microplane zester – I highly recommend getting this gadget. You can use it for zesting citrus, for mincing garlic or ginger, for grating nutmeg. I use mine a few times a week.
- Lemon squeezer – I only recently purchased this particular type of a citrus juicer and I can’t believe why I waited so long. It is super convenient and useful!
Variations for Easy Berry Sauce
The best part of this Berry Sauce Recipe is that it has many variations:
- Maple syrup
- I don’t eat honey so I always use maple syrup instead.
- You can use honey, sugar, golden syrup, molasses, any other kind of sweetener.
- You can omit sweetener altogether and rely on the natural sweetness of the berries.
- I love combination of orange juice and berries but you can use even just water.
- You can also use other juices such as pomegranate or grape or apple.
- Cinnamon stick
- This is where the fun begins with this Berry Sauce. You can flavour it any way you like.
- For more pronounced Christmas flavours, use a little bit of ginger, clove, nutmeg, and star anise.
- For more neutral flavour, use vanilla extract.
- For a bit exotic flavour, use rose water or almond extract.
- I love that I can make this Sauce Recipe any time of the year because I rely on frozen berries.
- If you have an abundance of fresh berries, you can use them also.
- My favourite mixture is the one that has cherries!
In this particular recipe I mostly use berries, orange juice and just a bit of maple syrup. However, you can use a lot of maple syrup and make Maple-Berry Sauce. Use 1 cup of maple syrup for a delicious Maple-Berry Sauce and cook it just until the berries heat up. This kind of Maple Sauce will be perfect to serve over pancakes or waffles.
The recipe can be very easily increased in quantity. Double it, triple, quadruple, etc. You can make it thinner or thicker depending on how long you cook this Berry Sauce. Longer cooking time will result in thicker Berry Sauce, whereas shorter time will make a thinner Berry Sauce. Just remember, it will keep thickening while it cools.
You can also make a thinner Berry Sauce by using more orange juice if you’d like.
How to serve Easy Berry Sauce:
- With whipped cream over Gluten-Free Almond Cake Recipe (using egg whites only)
- With extra maple syrup over Greek Yogurt Pancakes… and waffles
- Drizzled over buttered Easy Cornbread Muffins (instant pot or oven)
- With Homemade Farmers Cheese
- Drizzled over No Churn Lemon Ice Cream
- Spread on Vegan Instant Pot No Knead Hawaiian Rolls
Easy Berry Sauce
- Add all the ingredients to a small pot. No need to defrost the berries but not problem if the berries are defrosted, just use all the juices also.
- Bring the pot to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, mashing the berries with the back of a spoon, until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency.NOTE: if you are using more orange juice than stated in the recipe, then it'll take longer for the sauce to thicken.
- Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.
- Serve hot or cold.
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