Since I started making our new favorite Vanilla Bean Ice Cream this summer, King-Man and I have been trying out different toppings. This raspberry sauce is our definite favorite. It's a delicious topping or mix-in for lots of other things, too:
Many raspberry sauce recipes have you strain out the seeds and pulp to make a smooth syrup. I prefer a more rustic sauce with the texture and fiber of the fruit left in. Plus, it's easier this way. But, you can pour it through a metal mesh strainer if you prefer a smoother sauce.
I figured out how to make this sauce in the microwave, just to keep it simple and avoid using my stove during our heat wave. Boy, is this easy. Boy, does it taste yummy. Last night King-Man crowned vanilla bean ice cream topped with this sauce as his #1 favorite dessert. (To be honest, that could easily change as soon as I make another of his favorites. Like Velvet Hot Fudge Sauce.)
Nutritional Information (2 tablespoon serving): 51 calories, .2g fat, 12.8g carbs, 2g fiber, .4g protein; WeightWatchers PointsPlus: 1
Step-by-step photos for making
Microwave Raspberry Sauce
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: raspberries (fresh or frozen)*, brown sugar, fresh lemon juice.
*ABOUT THE RASPBERRIES:
Step 2. Measure 2 cups of the raspberries and add them to a 2 quart microwave-safe bowl. Save the remaining raspberries to add in later. (I'm using frozen raspberries in the batch pictured here.)
Step 3. Add the brown sugar. (You can substitute white sugar--I tested it both ways, and they both were good. However, I think the brown sugar gives the sauce a richer taste and color.)
Step 4. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. 1 lemon should yield enough juice.
Step 5. Give all that a quick stir.
Now it's time to put it in the microwave. First, I want to show you why it's important to use a bowl that is at least 2 quarts. This is what happened when I tried to cook the sauce in a 1 quart bowl. The sauce foamed up as it cooked and spilled over the side resulting in a big sticky puddle of wasted sauce in the microwave. What a mess:
Step 6. Microwave, uncovered, at full power for a total of 8 minutes, stopping and stirring after 4 minutes.
Step 7. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the remaining raspberries into the hot liquid, just until combined. Stirring these whole raspberries in at the end results in a chunkier sauce, because the uncooked ones hold their shape--they cook just slightly while they sit in the hot mixture. Leaving these visible whole raspberries makes the sauce prettier and more appealing.
Step 8. Let the sauce sit on the counter for 30 minutes uncovered. It will thicken some as it cools.
Step 9. Cover and put it in the fridge to cool completely.
It will keep for up to a week. Maybe longer, but ours didn't last long enough to find out.
It tastes as good as it looks. And, you can make it in under 10 minutes (not counting the chill time). Love the quick, easy, yummy combo.
Make it a yummy day!
Here's a recipe you might like that uses this raspberry sauce:
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