Dessert Blueberries in Armagnac Syrup

         Yield: 3 Pints
Categories: Canning, Fruits, Sauces, Desserts

2 pt Baskets ripe blueberries* 6 To 9 tb. Armagnac** -- or to taste 3 c ;Water 2 1/4 c Sugar *About 6 cups, either wild or cultivated. **Cognac can be substituted for the Armagnac. Sort blueberries, discarding any that are damaged or overripe, then rinse and drain them. Roll them on a terry towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Divide berries among 3 hot, clean pint canning jars, shaking them down as you go so they are lightly packed; leave 1/2" of headspace. Pour 2 to 3 tb. of Armagnac, according to taste, into each jar. Boil the water and sugar together in a large saucepan, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Fill the jars with the syrup, leaving 1/2" of headspace. Remove any bubbles, adding more syrup if necessary. Seal jars according to manufacturer's directions; process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Cool, label and store the jars. Keeps for at least a year in a cool pantry. Witty writes: "Blueberries in brandied syrup can launch several dessert possibilities. Add spoonfuls of berries and syrup to fresh autumn fruit - diced apples or pears, or both and sliced blue plums - for an instant compote; ladle berries and syrup over ice cream, or angel cake, or a vanilla-flavored rice pudding or blanc mange; fill meringue shells with the berries and top them with whipped cream; or layer the fruit and syrup with lightly whipped fresh ricotta in parfait glasses." From _Fancy Pantry_ by Helen Witty. New York: Workman Publishing Company, Inc., 1986. ISBN 0-89480-037-X. Pg. 222. Electronic format by Cathy Harned.