Ina’s Raspberry Sauce – Dare I Say It, Improved

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I love Ina Garten, own all her cookbooks and faithfully watch episodes of “The Barefoot Contessa”. She has taught me lots of tricks and confirmed some of my own views about cooking and, especially, entertaining.

Ina’s raspberry sauce is a summer favorite here in my kitchen. I use it with French lemon yogurt cake, over fresh fruit and with any dessert that is brightened by its glorious berry touch.

I cut down on the amount of jam she suggests, likewise the sugar.

But why doesn’t Ina sieve her raspberries and save her guests from all those dreadful little seeds?

TIP: You can also use an immersion blender in the saucepan to pureé all the ingredients. This saves dragging out and then washing the food processor.

Yields about 1 cup

  • 6-8 oz. fresh red raspberries
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur, “Framboise”
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

1. Using a one quart saucepan, heat the raspberries, sugar and a dash or two of water. Bring to a boil for an instant, then lower the heat to simmer and cook for one minute.

2. Using a food processor, puree this mixture with the jam and Framboise for 20 seconds.

3. Using a small sieve, strain the raspberry seeds from the sauce.

4. Store in a covered container. Chill until serving.

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6 Responses to Ina’s Raspberry Sauce – Dare I Say It, Improved

  1. Lynda July 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I make something similar without the jam. I look forward to trying this. It sounds lovely!

    • lizthechef July 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      I’ll bet you do – the best raspberries I ever ate were in Denmark….

  2. Jayne July 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I love your idea of sieving the sauce! Definitely an improvement! Im looking forward to trying this!

    • lizthechef July 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

      Thanks, Jayne – you have such wonderful raspberries in the UK! Happy 4th across the miles to my half-American pal!

  3. Oui, Chef July 6, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    I’m with you, Liz…life’s too short for seeds! – S

    • lizthechef July 6, 2011 at 1:47 am #

      Yeah, how could she miss this? Thanks, Liz

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