Thursday, July 8, 2010

Drunken Blackberry Apple Sauce

This past Sunday was Independence day, and I was lucky enough to be doing the pool side, pot luck thing. I had my potato salad set to go, but still wanted a little something else to bring. I had some of those gigantic blackberries from Agriberry, as well as some of their sweet, dark red cherries. With those in mind I picked up a 32oz jar of Graves' Mountain apple sauce at the store thinking something would come to me. The end result was pretty darn good. Someone called it apple sauce for grownups. It was good with the BBQ sandwiches, and ribs.

8 or so giant blackberries, or their equivalent in smaller ones, very ripe.
6 ripe, sweet cherries. pitted and quartered
1/30z Triple sec or Cointreau
1/3 oz Creme de Cassis
2/3 jar Graves' Mountain apple sauce
1/2 tsp raw sugar

Place the blackberries in a sturdy bowl and carefully mash with a fork so that there is a lot of liquid and small bits as well as a number of pieces that are still a about the size of a dime.
Add in the cherry quarters, the Liquors, and the sugar. Let this set in the refrigerator for a good 11/2 hours for the fruit to soak up the flavor of the liquors. Add in the apple sauce and stir.
Keep chilled until serving.
This recipe using up 2/3 jar of apple sauce was just the result of how much fruit I had on hand. You could of course up the numbers and utilize the full jar. However, that leftover portion of plain applesauce came in handy with the kids. There was applesauce for grownups and little ones alike.

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