As much as I love the flavors of fall, sometimes I just long for a fresh pop of berries. That is why I always freeze the lion's share of our homegrown blackberries to enjoy during the colder months. There is nothing better than a fresh berry sauce, spread or jam to put a smile on your face.
I am calling this a spread, because it is not quite the consistency of a jelly. Most berry jellies and jams use pectin to thicken them up. I almost never have pectin on hand and when I get something in my head, I just have to make it. So, I will use whatever I have on hand instead. A bit of cornstarch and a little lemon juice come together to make this a perfect spread for your toast or biscuit. If you have waffles, go ahead and warm a bit up and put it on top! It would also be great over some yummy vanilla ice cream.
Quick and Easy Blackberry Spread
4 cups blackberries, fresh or defrosted
3 cups sugar
2 rounded Tablespoons cornstarch
1 T lemon juice
- In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, stir together sugar and cornstarch until well mixed.
- Toss in berries. Mash them a bit with your spatula or a potato masher.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Keep stirring and boiling for 15 to 20 minutes or until you reach the desired consistency. (You can test the consistency by placing a plate in the freezer for a few minutes then putting a drop of your spread on the plate. It will cool quickly and give you a good idea of your finished consistency.)
- If desired, you can use an immersion blender at this stage to make the spread smoother. I chose to leave mine chunky this time.
- Stir in lemon juice and spoon into clean jars.
- Refrigerate until ready to use. Store in refrigerator.