Standard Dessert Sauces # 2 - Raspberry Coulis

This will go really well with the Orange Almond Cake if you wish to serve it with a nice fruity summery sauce!

You will need.. 
400gr frozen raspberries (you can use fresh if you prefer, but frozen work just as well!)
1/3 cup of caster sugar
1 Tbs water
1/2 Tbs lemon juice (leave the seeds in if you can- I'll explain why later!)
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
1 vanilla pod, seeds only

Method...
1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy-based saucepan, simmer over a medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes and don't bring to the boil.
2. Using a stick blender process the mix to get any lumps out (or pop into a food-processor or blender)
3. Then sieve through a fine mesh strainer. Use the back of your spoon to push through all the pulp. As you squish the raspberry seeds and lemon seeds to release the PECTIN which aids to thicken your coulis :-) this is also a technique for making jams and marmalades too.
4. Leave the coulis to sit for an hour or so before using, you can preserve it in a jar and give it to friends or family as gifts or just eat it by yourself over some ice cream (home made with your own Anglaise of course!)

** This recipe will work using any kind of berry too! Especially blackberry and strawberry!

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