How to Glaze Blueberries

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Glazing adds a clear, shiny coating to blueberries. It is done primarily for aesthetics since it makes the fruit look good, but it also adds a touch of sweetness, which is beneficial if the blueberries are a bit tart. Glazed blueberries can be eaten alone or as a topping for cakes, pies, tarts and other treats. Always start with the freshest blueberries, which will resist spoiling before they are eaten.

Things You'll Need

  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Apple juice
  • Corn Syrup
  • Wire cooling rack or silicone baking mat
  • Large spoon
  • Make a glaze using 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1 cup of fruit juice and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup. You can use any flavor juice, though a darker juice such as grape juice will result in a darker glaze. Boil the sugar with half of the juice. Mix the cornstarch with remaining juice and then whisk it into the hot mixture. Continue cooking the glaze while stirring constantly until the mixture thickens enough to coat the spoon. Add the corn syrup and boil for another minute before removing it from the heat. The glaze will be hot, so it is important to cool it thoroughly before glazing the blueberries.

  • Place clean blueberries on a fine wire cooling rack or silicone baking mat if the blueberries are really small. The wire rack will allow excess glaze to drip off of large blueberries but it is not necessary. The silicone baking mat allows for ease of cleanup since it is a nonstick surface. If you use a baking rack, place a sheet of wax paper underneath to catch the excess glaze as it drips off.

  • Drizzle the glaze over the blueberries using a large spoon. Alternatively, you can place the blueberries right on top of a cake or tart and glaze the berries on the cake. If you choose this route, just place the blueberries where you’d like them and spoon the glaze evenly over them. The glaze will set, or dry a bit but it will not completely harden. Wait 30 minutes to one hour before handling.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use only as much of the glaze as you need to cover the blueberries to avoid excess glaze dripping or pooling on a cake or tart.
  • If your glazed blueberries will adorn a cake, pie, tart or other confection, the easiest way to glaze them is directly on top of the dessert. Moving the berries after they've been glazed will leave marks. If you glaze them separately or need to move them for any reason, use a clean set of kitchen tweezers to minimize marks.
  • Light colored juices such as apple, white grape or pineapple will result in a light, clear glaze.

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