Create a clear glaze to sweeten your berries and fruits and make them look more attractive with a simple sheen. Made with a starch, water and a little flavouring, a clear glaze can turn ho-hum tarts into elegant desserts. Use the gelatinous powers from the liquefied starch to make the glaze set up into a gel, encasing your fruits in a shiny, sweet coating.
Pour 1 cup of water into a small sauce pan. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tsp of clear vanilla extract.
Stir the ingredients to combine over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the water begins to simmer.
Mix 1 tbsp of cassava starch or cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water in another bowl until the starch is dissolved.
Pour the starch mixture into the hot water stirring constantly. Allow the mixture to simmer for one to two minutes until it has thickened. Remove the pan from heat.
Pour the glaze over fruit or other desserts while slightly warm. Allow the glaze to set in the refrigerator for one hour.
Use cassava starch if the cornstarch makes the glaze to cloudy. Find clear extracts in the cake decorating aisle of a craft store.