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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fruit Sauces- Serves Many Purposes

What do you do with all the fruit you have frozen from your garden this year?
I have frozen up allot of my fruit and this is my favorite way to use it up.
Fruit Sauces are great for many purposes. Their great to layer into Parfaits (fruit sauce layered between, granola and a coconut pudding that I make by thickening up coconut milk with cornstarch and adding a little raw sugar to or honey or maple syrup. Layer them between your pretty Goblet's. People will think that you have slaved away at this dessert. LOL
The fruit sauce is great to put on top of pancakes, waffles or just plain toast. This recipe is simple to do and doesn't contain sugar. So it's guilt free and nutritious.
You can also make a crumble crust in a pie plate and then place the fruit sauce into the pie crust for a yummy pie.
Here is the recipe.

Fruit Sauce

1 Quart Pineapple Juice or Pineapple Juice concentrate with only 2 cans of the water

5 TB Cornstarch dissolved into a cup of the above mixture

Place the Pineapple Juice on the stove to heat and bring it to a boil

Then add the cornstarch ingredients to the above boiling juice

Whip fast until it becomes thickened and has a transparent look to it.
If you feel it needs a little more sweetener you can add some softened dates, Raw Sugar, or Maple Syrup to taste.

Now take any frozen fruit of choice that you have chopped up. Put it into the above thickened Pineapple juice. Stir it around until it becomes the color of the fruit. Don't over stir.

The sauce will take on the flavor of the fruit. It doesn't taste like Pineapple. If you didn't have the opportunity to do up your own fruit, the grocery stores have a great variety in their Frozen Food department.
I would use about 2 lbs/ recipe for your sauces.

Crumble crust for the pie:
1 1/2 cup Whole Oats
1 1/2 cup Grapenut Cereal
1 cup of softened dates (Place a cup of dates into 1/2 cup of water. Boil until soft and then put it into the blender and make it smooth.)

Mix the above ingredients and pat into a margarine greased pie plate. Bake for 12 min. at 350' or lightly brown.

Now you can place your fruit mixture into this pie crust. Let it cool and it's ready to serve.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!