Sweetened Summer Berries

Photo: Frances Janisch
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

For this gem-coloreddessert, plump strawberries, raspberries,and blackberries are lightly cooked to release their juices, which are then reducedtomake a lemony sugar syrup.


  • cup sugar

  • 2 pounds mixed berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, and hulled sliced strawberries (about 4 cups total)

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Heat sugar and 2/3 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Add berries and lemon juice; cook, stirring very gently, until berries begin to release their juices, about 2 minutes.

  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer berries to a medium bowl; set aside. Continue to cook liquid until it has been reduced by half, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly.

  3. Gently fold liquid into berries. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Divide berries and syrup among 4 serving bowls.

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