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Amazing French Gastrique Sauce

An amazing sauce, adaptable for all your favourite dishes.


  • 2 x Tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 x Cups diced fruit - you can buy excellent frozen fruit eg. mango from the supermarkets

  • 3 x Tablespoons Vinegar - your choice will depend on the intended dish for the sauce.

  • 2 x Tablespoons white wine

  • 2 x Tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 x Teaspoon ground Allspice


In a small saucepan with medium high heat add the Sugar, Fruit, Butter and Allspice and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until ingredients are caramalised and if using fresh fruit, make sure the fruit is soft. Then add your choice of Vinegar and the white wine

Now pour the mixture into a blender or fruit processor and puree. Taste and add a little more vinegar or fruit to adjust to your taste and intended flavour pairing for your dish.

Important: The key to the variation is in your choice of vinegar and the fruit to be caramalised.

Comments: Tasting notes for this remarkable sauce

For our tasting of this recipe we used fresh pears. They worked well, however, when next making the sauce we thought we might add a small amount of Granny Smith apple to sharpen the taste a little. All comments welcome !

Typically if you are preparing a pork dish then using Red Wine Vinegar will give a lovely raspberry flavour note to the pork.

Or, If your dish uses lots of spices, that is, the dish is a bit zippy, then Cider Vinegar will lift the flavours and provide a nice balance to the spice.

Lamb and Chicken Dishes would use White Wine vinegar. Same thing. The Vinegar gives the flavour to compliment the dish.

And if you would like to blow your partner or dinner guests away, try using Pomegranate Molasses and a dash of lemon in place of the fruit in the Gastrique. Absolutely awesome !

All of this does not even begin to look at varying the fruit part of the sauce ie Pomegranate Molasses above. Really, from this simple base you can build your preferred flavours to work with your favourite dish.

To order the very best quality Pomegranate Molasses and Allspice go to: Spices