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This homemade blueberry sauce is the perfect topping for pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and yogurt. This easy blueberry sauce can be used as a syrup for pancakes or desserts and is a great way to use up fresh blueberries and only requires a handful of ingredients.
If you go blueberry picking or have a subscription produce box, then you may find yourself with more blueberries than you can eat during blueberry season.
I developed this fruit sauce recipe to go with the cornmeal pancakes recipe on my site.
The best part of this easy blueberry sauce recipe is the simple ingredients. You only need:
- cardamom (optional)
- blueberries- choose plump blueberries that are nice and smooth. I always flip the container over to make sure the blueberries on the bottom of the carton aren't beginning to spoil
- lemon juice- I use fresh lemon juice, but the bottled version will work as well
See the recipe card for quantities.
🥣How to Make Blueberry Sauce
Start by whisking the dry ingredients (sugar, salt, spices) in a medium saucepan to break up the lumps, then add the cold water.
Add the blueberries and cook over medium heat until the sauce is thickened. Add the lemon juice once you remove the sauce from the heat.
Let the sauce cool before storing it in a container in the fridge.
- Blueberries - instead of using fresh berries, you can use frozen berries if that is all you have available. You can also substitute other berries, like strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. A combination of berries would also make a delicious topping.
- Cinnamon - use nutmeg instead, or leave out the spice altogether.
- Lemon juice - orange juice can be used instead. You can also add lemon zest or orange zest for even more citrus flavor.
🍽️What goes well with blueberry sauce?
This blueberry sauce isn't just good for pancakes. You can put it on other things like:
- Vanilla ice cream - it's the easiest way to jazz up ice cream. If you make your own no-churn ice cream, you can swirl this simple blueberry sauce in the mixture before you freeze it.
- Sponge cake or angel food cake - add a generous amount of sauce to the cake and top with whipped cream.
- Pancake syrup - add this delicious blueberry sauce to an equal amount of maple syrup and use it to top your favorite breakfast foods. Puree the sauce in a blender or with an immersion blender if you want a smoother sauce.
- Cheesecake- add blueberry topping to cheesecake. It's a nice change of pace from the strawberry topping that is so common.
- French Toast- If you are making French toast from scratch, be sure to add lemon or orange zest to the batter to compliment the flavor of the blueberries.
- Crepes- whipped cream cheese and this homemade blueberry sauce recipe will be delicious inside of a crepe. Be sure to add even more blueberry sauce to the top of the crepe once you roll it up.
- Pound cake- classic pound cake is the perfect companion to the sweet blueberry flavor of this quick and easy sauce.
Blueberry sauce is thickened with a cornstarch mixture called a slurry. A slurry is generally made by mixing cornstarch and water, but for this recipe, we mixed the cornstarch in with the sugar to break up any lumps before adding the water to the pan. You can also use other thickeners like tapioca starch or arrowroot for similar results.
In season blueberries that a picked a the height of the season tastes best. If your grocery store blueberries don't taste that great you can add a sweetener to them, like white sugar, brown sugar, or agave. Honey is also a great choice if you want to top a bowl of yogurt with fresh blueberries, but need to offset the tanginess.
If blueberries aren't in season, you can use frozen blueberries in this recipe.
You'll need a saucepan big enough to accommodate a few cups of blueberries. The sauce may bubble and splatter a bit as it thickens so you want to make sure the saucepan is deep enough so you get blueberry splatter all over your stovetop. A good quality micro plane grater is also handy for this recipe since you want a fine zest that isn't too chunky.
❄️How to Store the Blueberry Sauce Recipe
Store the finished sauce in an airtight jar. It will be good for 5-7 days. You can also freeze the sauce in a mason jar as long as you leave a little room at the top to allow for expansion. If you try to fill the jar all the way, it may crack in the freezer. This sauce should last at least a month in the freezer.
How to Make Blueberry Sauce
- 1 medium sauce pan
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups fresh blueberries 1 dry pint
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- MIx sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir in the water until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the blueberries and cook over medium heat until the sauce is thickned and clear. This will take about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the sauce off the heat and add the lemon juice. Let cool slightly before adding to a jar and storing in the refrigerator.
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