Coulis Make Dream Desserts Barry
Coulis Make Dream Desserts
Coulis - easy and irresistible!
They are easy to make in a moment and they can transform a boring, ordinary dessert into something special.
Picture: redcurrants ready to pick
If you have soft fruit such as raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants it is very simple to prepare. This really is a dream dessert!
Coulis just means "strained liquid" and is both singular and plural. You can make savoury ones with tomatoes and peppers too.
Here's how to make coulis
Wash the fruit and remove the stalks. You don't really need to remove the flower stump from the other end in the case of redcurrants and blackcurrants - they add texture!
Put the fruit into a heavy pan and add about half the amount again in sugar - enough to just about cover it over. Warm gently and stir constantly. Try not to break the fruit.
When the sugar has dissolved into the fruit juice, take the coulis off the heat and let it cool. Put it into the fridge or somewhere cold to keep. That's it!
Picture: redcurrant coulis
You can spend time sieving or putting the fruit pulp through a mesh but I think it is not worth the bother for everyday desserts. Most fruits contain valuable fibre which it is best to use for the sake of your health. Obviously, if you are preparing a fancy dinner party, you may think differently!
As "coulis" does mean strained liquid, I suppose the proper term for the fruit desserts here might be fruit compote. Fruit compote tends to be cooked more and usually has more sugar in it. Whatever the name, these fresh fruit coulis really are delicious and a most versatile way of getting more fresh fruit into your diet.
You can add other ingredients such as mixed berries. You can add a little lemon juice or orange juice. You can also add a dash of liquor, if that takes your fancy.
Fruit berries which have been frozen can be made into coulis, too.
Using your coulis
Use it with yogurt, ice-cream, meringues or cream. You can add it to sponge puddings or pour some onto almost any simple dessert dish. Fresh fruit coulis or compote goes well with pancakes.
Sometimes the slightly tart taste of a good coulis can complement the rich and over-sweet tastes of commercial desserts, making them more palatable.
Most will go well with chocolate desserts. Really you can let your imagination fly.
You can also mix it in to to add flavour. This is one way to use it that does require some straining - unless you like bitty drinks, of course.
If you make your fruit coulis with very sparing amounts of sugar, you can use them to go with meat such as pork, or in place of such Christmas stapl...