Are you a wine lover? Whether you are a wine enthusiast or haven’t quite found a wine you like, you will love a red wine dessert sauce with fresh berries.
I first created this recipe years ago for a small get together with friends that included dinner. I wanted an easy dessert that wouldn’t take a large amount of prep on the day of the event. So, I decided on serving ice cream… but wanted to make it extra memorable. It was summer and every berry was in season and in the stores. So, a berry sauce seemed the best choice. But… it had to be very special.
Generally, fruit sauces are made by cooking sugar and water, which is the same as making a simple syrup...
… and then adding fruit and possibly other flavors to make a sauce. If it is a hard fruit, like apples or pears, the fruit is often cooked in the syrup until it is tender.
A simple grilled seasoned steak was my entrée and I had chosen a lovely red wine, a Malbec from Catena Vineyards in Argentina, to be served at dinner. It was very fruit forward with red berry flavors and had a lovely soft chocolate finish. So, I decided to use some of it, instead of plain water, as the basis of the sauce. But, that wasn’t enough. I was going to make this sauce luscious with a bounty of berries. So, I added berries to the syrup as it simmered. Then before my guests arrived… I added even more fresh berries to the sauce.
My guests were wowed. They had seconds… then asked if there was any more of the berry sauce to take home. I am not kidding. This sauce is so good you will want to lick the bowl!
Today’s Recipe is: Red Wine Sauce with Berries
Today’s Chart is: Simple Syrups