How to Caramelize Blueberries

By Kimberly Hurd

If you're looking for a delicious treat that is simple to prepare, you will love caramelized blueberries. Once caramelized, blueberries make a tasty topping for desserts including ice cream and cheesecake or they can be a dessert on their own by topping them with whipped cream. Use caramelized blueberries instead of strawberries for a new twist on shortcake. They can also add pizazz to a special breakfast when served with pancakes, crepes or yogurt.

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Use fresh, ripe blueberries for best results when making caramelized blueberries.

Step 1

Rinse the fresh blueberries under cold, running water in a strainer or colander. Pick off any stems still attached to the blueberries and remove any debris that was not rinsed off.

Step 2

Place a medium saucepan, preferably one with a heavy base, over medium heat on the stove. Pour 3 cups sugar into the pan for each 2 cups of blueberries you're caramelizing. Stir the sugar until it turns a light amber color.

Step 3

Add the blueberries and 1/2 cup water for each 2 cups of blueberries to the sugar in the pan. Stir well until the blueberries are covered with the sugar and water mixture.

Step 4

Turn the heat down to low and allow the blueberries to caramelize for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir 1/8 cup lemon juice into the mixture for each 2 cups of blueberries.

Step 5

Serve the caramelized blueberries warm to keep the mixture from becoming too hard or pour it on a dessert and allow it to set to create a thick, caramelized coating on top.