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Strawberry Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | July 22nd, 2013 | Desserts, Recipes
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strawberry_sauceI made cheesecake this weekend, so obviously I needed to make a topping for it.  At least in my opinion, I did.  While I love cheesecake, whether it be cream cheese-heavy, ricotta-heavy, or a blend of the two, I find that its flavor is one-note.  The texture, albeit creamy, needs something for contrast.  That is where the topping lends a helping hand.  So, if I’m looking for additions to flavor and texture, then I need a topping that is chunky, a simple drizzle of caramel sauce won’t do.  Being a lover of all berries, I’m naturally drawn to strawberry sauce.

For many recipes, I simply macerate the berries, but for cheesecake I like a different consistency.  I want there to be some thickness to the sauce, which can cling to the cheesecake.  I also want the berries to be bite-sized; there should be no need for a knife when eating cheesecake.

This sauce is simple to make.  The longest section of the recipe is the cooling.  In addition to topping cheesecake, this sauce would work well on angel food cake, pound cake, or ice cream.

 

Strawberry Sauce


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Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups diced strawberries
  2. 1/4 cup + 2 Tb. water
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries, 1/4 cup water, and sugar in a small saucepot over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch.
  3. Add to strawberry mixture and bring to a boil.
  4. (To create a sauce with a blend of chunkiness and creaminess, a small amount of the sauce can be puréed and returned to the sauce.)
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a resealable container. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
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