Start to Finish: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Homemade warm blueberry sauce is a fitting accompaniment to pancakes, French toast, ice cream and cakes. But its versatility transcends the obvious. Allow warm blueberry sauce to cool and add a spoonful to plain yogurt and frosting, or use it as a syrup in combination with club soda for a refreshing drink. Creating warm blueberry sauce takes only a few minutes. Use it hot from the stove or make this sauce ahead and reheat it later. Using different berries, this recipe works for making a warm strawberry, blackberry or raspberry sauce.

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

Combine the sugar, salt and cornstarch in a medium pan and stir until it is mixed. Add the blueberries.

Simmer the berries over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the skins split and the berries release their juices. Continue to simmer until the liquid becomes clear, about five minutes.

Remove the blueberry sauce from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest.

Mash the blueberries with a potato masher for a less chunky sauce. Alternatively, puree 1/2 cup of the blueberry sauce in a blender and transfer it back to the pan for a mix of sauce and whole blueberries.

Serve warm.

Tips

This sauce may be served warm or chilled.

Adjust the sugar to your personal preference.

Strain the cooked blueberries and omit the cornstarch for a thinner sauce.

The longer the sauce simmers, the thicker it becomes.

Lemon brings out the flavor of the berries; however, it may be eliminated. A fresh lime can be substituted for the lemon.

Boost the flavor of warm blueberry sauce. Add 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and/or 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract.