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Friday, November 16, 2012

Homemade Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

This holiday season, I intend to make many of my gifts instead of buying the ever-over-done sweater or gift card. I decided to practice one of my "gift" items, homemade jam. I started out making a jam, which quickly became more of a "sauce" because I omitted pectin, the gelling agent. The resulting sauce was quite delicious and versatile.  

Strawberry Balsamic Sauce
1 small bag frozen strawberries 
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 
3-4 tbsp fine sugar
1 cup chopped mint
2-3 tbsp fresh lemon 

In saucepan, add strawberries until thawed. Then add balsamic and sugar. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Once boiled, reduce heat to low adding lemon, sugar and and mint. Cook about 15-20 minutes or until thickened and strawberries have loosened and broken down. Add more or less sugar and or lemon depending on how sweet you like your jam/sauce. Pour over ice cream, pound cake, or over toast. Enjoy!

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