Making your own Fruit Glaze
As I was walking through Costco one day looking for a dessert to bring to a holiday function, a tart loaded with fruit and shiny fruit glaze caught my eye. So I purchased it…and the kids devoured it before I ever made it to the party. The joys of teenagers and their friends!
Since we pick and use a lot of berries here in Alaska, I got to thinking about how beautiful it looked and wondered if I could make my own fruit glaze. The ones purchased at the store are not thin enough and designed more for pie filling. After playing around with a few versions, we came up with this one that’s actually pretty versatile and have used it on our fresh fruit creations. It’s really easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.
The thing about Fruit Glaze recipes…
Is that they often only provide for 1 consistency. Well, there’s different functions for different glazes. Perhaps you only want to paint the fruit delicately like in the picture below:
Or maybe you want it slightly thicker, or even really thick! The pie on the left below shows a painted side, and a slightly thicker side where we drizzled it on allowing it to pool. The pie on the right shows a really thick version of the glaze.
It’s all about how much “thickener” you put in. The standard for most fruit glaze recipes I’ve seen is cornstarch. We’ve used this in the pie on the right and you can see it’s not quite as clear as the pie on the left. For that pie, we used Ultra Gel (which you can find in your common grocery store) and this resulted in a clearer glaze. The conversion is 1 Tbsp cornstarch = 2 Tbsp Ultra Gel. The recipe below provides adjustments for three glaze thicknesses. But you could certainly play around with it to find your ideal thickness.
I also like using the actual fruit juice verses a packet of fruit flavored drink mix that is called for in some versions. I don’t know, just something weird about that. And a final tip, if you do chose to paint the fruit glaze on, I HIGHLY recommend looking for a brush similar to the red one pictured above. It’s super soft rubber verses the bristle brushes, so its nice on delicate fruits and really holds the glaze. (Of note, they make big ones that we love to use for meats we baste.)
Easy Fruit Glaze
For the Fruit Glaze:
- 1/2 c. Sugar
- 1 1/2 c. Fruit Juice
- Corn Starch or Ultra Gel *See Below
- 2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
To make the Fruit Glaze:
- Mix cornstarch OR Ultra Gel and 3/4 c. fruit juice** in a separate small bowl, stir until dissolved.
- Mix sugar and 3/4 c. fruit juice together in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add cornstarch/fruit juice mixture to boiling sugar/fruit juice, reduce heat and cook until mixture thickens and is turning clear, stirring constantly.
- Add corn syrup and cook for 1 minute.
- Cool fruit glaze slightly and then drizzle, lightly brush, or "paint" onto fruit.
- This glaze works well for fruit in a tart, pie, fruit pizza, cheesecake or regular cake to give it that glossy, professional look.
- *For thin glaze, 1 Tbsp cornstarch or 2 Tbsp Ultra Gel. For medium glaze, 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch or 3 Tbsp Ultra Gel (my favorite consistency). For thick glaze, 2 Tbsp cornstarch or 4 Tbsp Ultra Gel.
- **The glaze will pick up the flavor and slight color of the fruit juice you choose, so pick your juice based upon this. Apple and pear juices are the mildest and clearest, while grape and berry juices are a darker, reddish color with more intense flavor.