This olallieberry sauce is bursting with fruity flavors. It is the perfect addition to sweet desserts or even something savory.
If you love recipes that can be enjoyed in many ways, you will want to try this quick and easy homemade balsamic reduction sauce recipe too!
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What are Olallieberries?
Olallieberry season is really short in the Bay Area, like a month to a month and a half short. These berries are tart and slightly sweet, making them perfect for both sweet and savory dishes.
Our farmer's market has one vendor who has olallieberries. She has them maybe three weeks, then they are gone. Mr. Fearless Dining and I try to get to our local Campbell farmer's market a few times a month. There is always something new to discover, like these berries.
Now that we have discovered these berries, we plan to take our kids next season to a farm so we can pick our own. One or two pints is just not enough!!
Once we realized how good these berries were, we went back to the booth to buy more. Unfortunately, they were already sold out and that was the end of their season :-(. Olallieberries would be delicious in this gluten free scones recipe.
This sauce is so versatile! You can top off ice cream, cakes, and brownies with this and enjoy every last bite. I bet you didn't realize that you can also use this sauce on those savory dishes like pork chops and chicken.
Trust me, you will want this on your grilled pork chops.
Put the berries into the pan, add thyme, sugar, lemon juice, and water. That is it!
Simmer for 20 minutes on low, then add in the cornstarch to thicken a little bit. Cool for sweets or leave warm for savory dishes. Cooking with fresh herbs is a great way to enrich the flavor of what you are cooking!
What other berries can I use?
I know olallieberries can be hard to find. If you can't find them, feel free to use blackberries since their flavor profiles are similar.
Can I use dried thyme?
You can use dried thyme, but use less since dried herbs are more potent in flavor. You can also set up a little window garden and grow some fresh herbs in your kitchen window!
Olallieberry Thyme Sauce
- 1 pint olallieberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar (I used organic raw sugar)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- Put the olallieberries, water, thyme, sugar, and lemon juice in a pan.
- Bring to boil on medium heat.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until sauce thickens.
- Add cornstarch and mix well.
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