Summer seems to be officially in motion now. The weather has finally gotten it’s act together and its been really pretty hot. Yesterday I was poking around the yard to see what was going on and noticed a lot of my blueberries were ready to pick. I was able to get about a cup and a half.
Years ago I had a friend who was a chef at a local French restaurant. He would make this amazing blueberry cayenne sauce and I decided I would try it. I searched for a recipe and found exactly what I was looking for. The recipe I found called for two cups of blueberries so I went to the store for more to augment. Link to the recipes is here and detailed below.
1 pint fresh blueberries [2 cups]
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper [I used 1/4 tsp and next time will try 1/2]
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup water, orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower heat to medium-low.
In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and cold water until combined. Stir into blueberry mixture and simmer until thickened., about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla extract and cayenne pepper [start with 1/4 tsp and increase if you wish – carefull its hot].
Store in airtight container in fridge.
If you try the recipe let me know how you like it!