blackberry picking? Well, I had a plan...(Muwahahahahaha!!!)
gourmet sauce for the adult crowd? (Because let's face it, children have zero appreciation for things like sea salted caramel- especially when it's made from scratch.)
maple bourbon blackberry preserves on the internet and thought it would be easy to convert into a delicious gourmet ice cream sauce. (Love her blog and her photos by the way- amazing talent!) Boy was I right... We didn't pick enough blackberries (too late in the season) to actually follow her recipe and make the preserves, but with a few tweaks, it was a perfectly saucy blend for ice cream.
what ice cream to buy in our nearly 16 years of marriage. He who runs into the store, wins. Ahem. For this sauce, I made an exception, so if you have similar feelings, take heart, this was really delicious! There's something about the flavors of the bourbon, maple and blackberries that seem made for each other.
Maple Bourbon Blackberry sauce:
2 cups water (I'll reduce this to one cup in the future when I make this.)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg
3/4 cup bourbon (truthfully, I'd probably reduce this by half, but it was still amazing.)
3 cups blackberries, mashed slightly (That's all we were able to gather so that's what I used.)
*Combine everything but the bourbon and blackberries in a saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil about 10 minutes. Add bourbon and bring back to a boil. Add black berries and simmer about another 10 minutes, using a potato masher to gently mash the berries. Refrigerate until it's time to serve this sauce over some ice cream!
end all sauces. I have the recipe on my sidebar, on top of a chocolate cupcake. It's just bliss, I'm not gonna lie. You can leave it at room temp so it's more glaze-like and "saucy" or refrigerate it overnight so it's thick and sticky. (That's my favorite.)
Salted Caramel Glaze
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp freshly ground sea salt
*Melt butter in saucepan. Add sugars and bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Stir in whipping cream and bring back to a boil. Boil for exactly 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Cool completely. Pop it into the fridge over night, and it will turn into this amazingly sticky, thick caramely substance that will haunt your dreams for weeks.
they make beautiful magic.
Or something like that.