Bump up Summer: Vanilla Roasted Berries

It's still not berry season here in Vancouver yet but I'm waiting patiently. But I'm not that patient...we're talking strawberries here, after all! Luckily, I still have a cache of frozen berries left over from the u-pick farm frenzy I was in last summer and I decided I'd take up the minor challenge of roasting the berries with vanilla sugar and a touch of balsamic vinegar. It seems like an odd combo until you actually try it. Slowly roasting the berries really seems to concentrate and enhance their flavour and the vinegar does the same.

Most recipes call for using fresh strawberries - or ones slightly past their prime, but I tried this with my frozen strawberries and added some frozen blackberries to the mix. It was a good move. I only roasted my berries for 20 minutes because I wanted them really juicy with lots of delicious sauce. However, if you cook them a bit longer, the liquid turns into more of a jammy consistency.

I'm not keen on adding a lot of sugar, so if you like things sweet - up the sugar to 1/4 cup or so.

Vanilla Roasted Berries
(adapted from Ina Garten)
1 pint blackberries
1 pint strawberries
3 tablespoons vanilla sugar (or more if you like things sweet)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Place berries evenly on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar, salt and pepper and balsamic vinegar. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool slightly until the juices thicken, about 5 minutes. Serve warm over ice cream, yogurt or whatever your heart desires.


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Jan Halvarson


Unknown said...

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Anonymous said...

Oh, that looks delicious! A perfect treat for a hot summer day!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh ... Sold. Do you think I could skip the vinegar and use rhubarb with the berries instead? Or is the vinegar fairly important?

kickpleat said...

emvandee, the vinegar isn't important - so I'd skip it if you like!

drollgirl said...

well this looks SCRUMPTIOUS!

Wendy said...

looks delish...

Anonymous said...

oh wow! this looks absolutely deliciouuuus! Need to try it asap!

Flying Squirrel said...

Isn't it amazing what a splash of balsamic vinegar will do on a desert? Totally counter-intuitive, and totally delicious!

This is beautiful, I have it bookmarked.