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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
Blender
Fine sieve
Vanilla extract/vanilla seeds (optional)
1: 
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.
2: 
Blend until the ingredients are well mixed and the most of the berries have been blended smooth.
3: 
Pour the blended mixture into a fine sieve over a small bowl. Using a tablespoon, press the purée through the sieve.
4: 
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.
5: 
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.
Conclusion: 
Freshly-made berry coulis is a quick way to add a dash of colour and zest to your chosen dish.
Tips: 
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.
Warnings: 
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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