summer fruit toppings

June 20, 2012

in Custards & Sauces

There’s no better way to welcome summer (hello, first official day!) than with a bowl of ice cream. Stock the freezer with several flavors, and whip up a few jars of summer fruit toppings. You’ll be well on your way to a delicious ice cream dessert bar! If you like a tangy fruit topping, try the apricot. If you prefer sweet, you’ll love the blackberry. Personally, I like a spoonful of each – use your favorite fruits and experiment; I strained the blackberry topping but left the apricot more textured and rustic. Spoon leftovers on a stack of pancakes or waffles for an excellent breakfast.

Summer Fruit Toppings
Apricot
2 cups sliced apricots
1/3 cup honey
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water
4 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp brandy

Combine apricots and honey in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine lemon juice and water in a small bowl; whisk in cornstarch. Add to fruit mixture and continue cooking until thickened, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove fruit mixture from heat and stir in brandy. Let cool before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Yield – 1 cup topping (serving size: 2 tablespoons topping)
Calories – 60
Carbs – 15

Blackberry
2 1/2 cups blackberries
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water
4 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp Chambord

Combine blackberries and honey in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard solids; return strained mixture to saucepan.

Combine lemon juice and water in a small bowl; whisk in cornstarch. Add to fruit mixture and continue cooking until thickened, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove fruit mixture from heat and stir in Chambord. Let cool before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Yield – 2/3 cup topping (serving size: 2 tablespoons topping)
Calories – 120
Carbs – 34

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33 Comments

1 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 20, 2012

I like tangy and sweet so you know I’ll be making both! :)

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2 Laura @ Family Spice June 20, 2012

Fruit and a little something happy for the adults – nice!

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3 Valerie June 20, 2012

What a simple, delicious way to make ice cream “kind of” healthy! :D

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4 Sandra's Easy Cooking June 20, 2012

Happy First day of Summer!!!!! :) Love your idea for toppings…cute jars!

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5 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies June 20, 2012

Gorgeous! I just love cooking with summer fruits. I actually made a similar strawberry topping, and served it over ice cream while still hot. It was even better than I expected! I can think of about 50 ways to use fruit toppings.

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6 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers June 20, 2012

This is just what I need. Will be harvesting our apricots tomorrow. Thanks!

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7 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 20, 2012

Yum!! Hubby’s favorite is to do this with raspberries over ice cream. Will have to try apricots sometime. I love having all sorts of different toppings on my ice cream!

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8 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 20, 2012

These both sound (and look) delicious. I love things like this.

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9 cassie June 20, 2012

Definitely a great way to welcome summer. These are gorgeous Laura!

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10 domenicacooks June 20, 2012

This is a wonderful idea for an easy summer dessert. Apricots are magical. They cook down to a beautiful thick pulp and their skins dissolve completely so they don’t even have to be peeled. They (along with blackberries and sour cherries) are my favorite summer fruit.

This is my first visit to your site. I look forward to reading through your posts!

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11 Tutti Dolci June 21, 2012

Thanks for visiting, Domenica. Hope you enjoy!

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12 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} June 20, 2012

Love your grown-up version of these toppings.

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13 Marina@ Picnic at Marina June 20, 2012

Oh dear, what a cool treats! :)

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14 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 21, 2012

Oh, these are great toppings!

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15 Deb June 21, 2012

Oh my goodness! Summer fruit is so scrumptious! I couldn’t decide between apricot or blackberry either, both is the best decision ever. A delightful post for the first day of summer.

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16 Patty June 21, 2012

I love both these toppings and I like the small batch recipes you’ve shared!
I also have to say that I love your tea towel(?) in the top photo, so sweet and vintage looking;-)

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17 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) June 21, 2012

these are lovely! such a great idea!

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18 Charles June 21, 2012

Looks fantastic Laura – perfect accompaniment to my yogurt in the morning as well! :)

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19 anh@anhsfoodblog.com June 21, 2012

Oh look at the colors of these sauces! Slurp! I love fruity flavours!

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20 Jen @ Savory Simple June 21, 2012

These are perfect for summer treats!

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21 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 21, 2012

What a great post for the first day of summer (believe me I completely forgot about it!). I love this fruit toppings for ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, and pretty much everything! I haven’t bought apricots yet. I hope I can find some when we go picking cherries/peaches this weekend.

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22 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 21, 2012

You’re right about that, there’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a nice big bowl of ice cream and these beautiful fruit toppings!

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23 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 21, 2012

Happy Summer to YOU! These toppings look and sound amazing! It is chilly today in the Bay Area and hoping the real summer comes soon. Happy Thursday!!

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24 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 21, 2012

I’ll definitely save this for when we are coming into Summer – it is so cold here at the moment! :(

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25 Liz June 22, 2012

My kids seem to want hot fudge, chocolate syrup or caramel sauce on their ice cream. I’d much rather have one of your marvelous, fruity concoctions! They both look amazing!!!

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26 Baker Street June 22, 2012

Oh Laura! It would be so tough to choose one. Surely should give both of these a try! :)

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27 nina June 22, 2012

Great idea for toppings…delightful recipes:)

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28 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 22, 2012

YES! I’m a sucker for apricots and blackberries so this is my lucky day!

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29 Katherine Martinelli June 22, 2012

Just gorgeous! I’d love to have these with my morning yogurt…and afternoon ice cream :-)

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 22, 2012

apricots are some of my faves..and with brandy -wow!

and Chambord is amazing. Can only imagine how good it is in this one!

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31 Baking Serendipity June 24, 2012

These are perfect toppings for everything summer! My husband would happily top ice cream with them, and I would definitely be thinking about pancakes :)

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32 the wicked noodle June 29, 2012

What a great way to enjoy a cool summer treat. Can’t wait to try!

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33 amelia from z tasty life July 10, 2012

lovely. I can see these being wonderful topping for pound cake in the winter, when you are looking for something to remind you of summer…

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