It is no secret I love to entertain at home! From menu planning, to setting the table, or spending time in my kitchen, I will find any excuse to throw a soirée! While I certainly have a few tricks up my sleeve to ensure my guests are always having a fabulous time, my #1 tip is to never make everything yourself. I like to choose two or three different dishes to prepare, then rely on favorite store-bought brands, bakeries, and gourmet markets to round out my menu. It’s the simplest way to ensure that I have fun at my own parties!
They say the dessert is what people always remember from any party. A really good dessert is always something I like to pay special attention to. Whether I am making it myself or heading to one of my neighborhood bakeries, I make sure to always have something that will WOW! everyone – myself included! That is exactly what my Sparking Raspberry Sorbet will do at your next party—it will bring that perfect WOW! factor. This particular dessert relies on simple components; really good Champagne, really good store-bought Raspberry Sorbet, and the most flavorful homemade Four Berry Sauce.
Besides being a perfectly elegant dessert for any occasion, it is one of the easiest desserts to assemble. Once you make the Four Berry Sauce (which uses frozen berries and can be stored in the refrigerator), it all comes together in just a few minutes! I love to serve this in a small coupe, small bowl, or even in a martini glass. Bottoms (and spoons!) up!
Four Berry Sauce
Ingredients (makes 1 ½ cups)
- Frozen Berry Medley – 1 pound (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, & blueberries)
- Raspberry Preserves – 2 tablespoons
- Raspberry Liqueur – 1 tablespoon, Chambord preferred
- Lemon Zest – 1 teaspoon
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the frozen berries, preserves, liqueur, and lemon zest.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, until the berries have released their juices and are very tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Place a fine mesh sieve over a glass bowl. Transfer the mixture into the sieve.
- Using the back of a wooden spoon press the mixture through the sieve.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.
To Serve: Layer this luscious berry sauce in a small coupe with a single scoop of raspberry sorbet and ¼ cup of very dry, chilled Champagne. It is a perfect dessert for a grown-up celebration, very elegant presentation, and just an all around fabulous surprise for your guests.
Tip: If you don’t have raspberry preserves, you can substitute strawberry, blueberry, or blackberry. The pectin in the preserves is what will thicken the berry sauce slightly.