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Homemade Raspberry Sauce

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My homemade raspberry sauce, made from raspberries in my garden, feels like a decadent treat. Raspberries don’t travel well and picking them is labour intensive so they are more expensive than other fruits. On top of that their season is short so if you like raspberries you need to be ready when they are.

If you have them growing in your backyard then consider yourself lucky. My raspberry patch yields loads of berries and all I do is cut them down at the end of each season.

When they are ripe I pick them by the handful and eat them on everything. In an attempt to extend summer I freeze some too. I also try to plan one special raspberry dessert and without fail I make at least one recipe of this raspberry sauce.

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Raspberry Sauce vs Raspberry Syrup

I used to call this raspberry syrup but to me that implies it should go on pancakes. You can certainly eat it like that but I serve this sweet sauce for dessert.

Simply poured over ice cream it is divine. Chocolate and raspberry is also an amazing combination. I have created many different desserts using a brownie recipe, ice cream, fresh raspberries or blueberries and this sauce. Make this Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake for a summer birthday cake that will not disappoint. Serve raspberry sauce on the side.

Gluten Free Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake
Gluten Free Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake -photo Jim Little

I also served raspberry sauce on this Quinoa Chocolate Cake.

A piece of quinoa chocolate cake with Valentine's sprinkles
A piece of quinoa chocolate cake -photo credit Jim Little

Organize for Success – Storage Jars and Labeling

I pour this raspberry sauce directly into a jam jar and use my label maker to label it. To make a perfect hostess gift pop a jar of raspberry sauce into a cellophane bag and tie it with a pretty ribbon. Anyone would be happy to receive this homemade gift.

I did just that with this jar of Homemade Caramel Sauce for one lucky friend.

Gluten Free Homemade Caramel Sauce
Gluten Free Homemade Caramel Sauce -photo credit Jim Little

But don’t be afraid to keep this raspberry sauce all to yourself. I do. And as much as I love it my jar eventually gets pushed to the back of the fridge. Then one day I’ll notice it and enjoy it all over again. With good cross contamination practices (a clean spoon every time) this raspberry sauce will last in the fridge for months.

Let me know in the comments below if you made this and how long it lasted.


2 cup raspberries, washed
1 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice


Heat berries and sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer 10 minutes.
Add lemon juice and let cool.
Put strainer over a bowl and pour mixture into strainer. Using the back of a wooden spoon press on the berries to extract as much juice as possible.
Discard seeds and pulp.
Store in a glass jar. Will keep in the fridge for months.
Serve on pancakes, ice cream, brownies, custard or any dessert.


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