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How To Make Berry Coulis

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Berry coulis is a delicious sweet and sour accompaniment, serving as a counterpoint and adding a refreshing, sharp zing to rich, creamy dishes.
What you'll need: 
250g fresh berries of your choice (cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)
50-60g caster sugar
Juice and zest of half a lemon/lime
20ml berry liqueur
Paring knife
Fine sieve
Vanilla extract/vanilla seeds (optional)
Wash your chosen berries thoroughly before adding them to the blender along with the caster sugar, lemon/lime juice, berry liqueur, vanilla seeds/extract and a sprinkling of lemon/lime zest.
Blend until the ingredients are well mixed and the most of the berries have been blended smooth.
Pour the blended mixture into a fine sieve over a small bowl. Using a tablespoon, press the purée through the sieve.
Taste the coulis and add a touch of sugar or citrus juice to taste. Your chosen liqueur can also be used to add sweetness if preferred.
Fresh coulis can be refrigerated and kept in a sealed container for 3-4 days. It can also be frozen for up to 2 weeks.
Freshly-made berry coulis is a quick way to add a dash of colour and zest to your chosen dish.
Use fresh berries if possible as frozen berries can lead to a slightly watery coulis.
Start with too little sugar rather than too much. More can always be added.
Berry coulis is a perfect accompaniment to dairy desserts such as Panna Cotta.
Always seal the blender before turning it on even if there is very little in it. Berry juice makes for extremely stubborn stains.


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