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making Raspberry Sauce
This is my go-to mixing bowl. Love the handle and lid for fridge storage, when needed. It's microwave safe, and perfect for this recipe.
These are a great size for storing this sauce in the fridge or freezer.
Also available:
I use these jar lids for their durability and ease in putting them on and off. The lids and rings that come with mason jars are intended for single use and will eventually rust.
This stainless steel tool extracts every drop of juice from lemons, limes, and oranges in one motion. I used it for squeezing lemon juice directly into the mixing bowl. Easy and dishwasher safe.

Microwave Raspberry Sauce

make with 3 ingredients in under 10 minutes for topping ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, and more


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Microwave Raspberry Sauce

By Monica              makes 1.5 cups
3-Ingredient, Microwave Raspberry Sauce. Make this delicious, flavorful sauce in under 10 minutes using fresh or frozen raspberries. An easy topping for ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, & more. Freezer friendly. From TheYummyLife.com

Make this delicious, flavorful sauce in under 10 minutes using fresh or frozen raspberries. 3 simple ingredients are all you need.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups (12 oz) fresh or frozen raspberries, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon should yield enough juice)

Directions
Add 2 cups raspberries to a 2 quart (or larger) microwave-safe bowl; setting aside remaining 1-cup raspberries. Add sugar and lemon juice to bowl; stir to combine with raspberries.  Microwave uncovered at full power for 8 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir remaining raspberries into hot mixture just until combined. Cool at room temperature, uncovered, for 30 minutes; sauce will thicken some as it cools. Cover and store in refrigerator. Keeps for at least 1 week. May also be frozen for up to 6 months.

Serve over ice cream, cheesecake, angel food cake, pancakes, waffles or toast.

TIPS:
--Frozen raspberries are picked at their peak of ripeness and often provide consistently better flavor and deeper color than fresh grocery store raspberries.
--If using frozen raspberries, they do not need to be thawed before making this sauce.

This recipe was originally published 8/2011 and updated 8/2017.


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This easy, 3-ingredient sauce takes under 10 minutes to make, start-to-finish (plus chill time). It can be refrigerated and eaten within a week or frozen to enjoy throughout the year. 

It's so versatile! When I make our favorite Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, King-Man and I like to try out different toppings. This raspberry sauce is our definite favorite. It's a delicious topping or mix-in for lots of other things, too:

  • topping for cheesecake
  • topping for short cake
  • topping angel food cake
  • topping for waffles, pancakes, and French toast
  • topping for ice cream and sundaes or mixed in milk shakes
  • mixed in yogurt
  • mixed in smoothies
  • mixed with sparkling water or iced tea
  • layered in a parfait
  • spread on toast, bagels, or muffins in place of jam

It's rustic by design. 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. 

It's so easy! I figured out how to make this sauce in the microwave, just to keep it simple and avoid using my stove in the summer heat. 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 appears at the end of this post, just below the printable recipe.

Step-by-step photos for making
Microwave Raspberry Sauce 

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: raspberries (fresh or frozen), sugar, fresh lemon juice.

ABOUT THE RASPBERRIES:

  • Frozen raspberries are picked at their peak of ripeness and often provide consistently better flavor and deeper color than fresh grocery store raspberries. I choose frozen over fresh, unless I have access to homegrown or vine-ripened fresh raspberries in the summer.
  • If you're using frozen raspberries, they do not need to be thawed before making this sauce. They'll thaw quickly as they cook in the microwave.

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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 fresh raspberries in the batch pictured here.)

Step 3. Add the 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.

view on Amazon:  Mix-and-Measure bowlcitrus squeeze juicer

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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:

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Step 6. Microwave, uncovered, at full power for 8 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. 

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Step 8. Let the sauce sit on the counter for 30 minutes uncovered. It will thicken some as it cools.

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Step 9. Cover and put it in the fridge to cool completely. I store mine in half-pint mason jars.

view on Amazon:  half-pint mason jars,  plastic jar lids (durable and easy to screw on and off)

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This sauce will keep for up to a week in the fridge. Maybe longer, but ours hasn't lasted long enough to find out.

Freeze it! When raspberries are in season, I make up several batches of this easy sauce to freeze and enjoy throughout the year. It only takes 30 minutes to make 3 microwave batches of sauce that yields 6 half-pint jars. They keep in the freezer for at least 6 months.

It's such a treat to have this fresh-tasting summer sauce in the middle of winter. To thaw, move it from the freezer to the refrigerator the day before use.  For faster thawing outside of the fridge, partially submerge jar in a bowl of cool water.

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It tastes as good as it looks, it only had 3 ingredients, and you can make it in under 10 minutes--what's not to love about this recipe?

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Make it a Yummy day!

Monica

Here's a recipe you might like that uses this raspberry sauce:
Eton Mess Sundae recipe
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Here's another yummy 10-minute sauce:
Microwave Blueberry Sauce
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Microwave Raspberry Sauce
By Monica              Servings: makes 1.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups (12 oz) fresh or frozen raspberries, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon should yield enough juice)
Directions
Add 2 cups raspberries to a 2 quart (or larger) microwave-safe bowl; setting aside remaining 1-cup raspberries. Add sugar and lemon juice to bowl; stir to combine with raspberries.  Microwave uncovered at full power for 8 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir remaining raspberries into hot mixture just until combined. Cool at room temperature, uncovered, for 30 minutes; sauce will thicken some as it cools. Cover and store in refrigerator. Keeps for at least 1 week. May also be frozen for up to 6 months.

Serve over ice cream, cheesecake, angel food cake, pancakes, waffles or toast.

TIPS:
--Frozen raspberries are picked at their peak of ripeness and often provide consistently better flavor and deeper color than fresh grocery store raspberries.
--If using frozen raspberries, they do not need to be thawed before making this sauce.

This recipe was originally published 8/2011 and updated 8/2017.
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Weight Watchers SmartPoints per 2 tablespoon serving: 3

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This is an updated post that was originally published August 3, 2011.



Posted on Sunday, August 13th, 2017

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