A few years back we spent a winter weekend at a cottage with friends, to do some cross-country skiing and skating. We brought everything we’d need to make all our meals. Well, almost everything. We discovered that we’d forgotten a necessity–our Canadian pure maple syrup (it’s the only way we roll). For me, not being well-versed in the kitchen, I assumed that meant our pancake breakfast was a flop. Thank goodness Nelson’s got good sense in the kitchen and can figure things out.
Here’s something I admire in Nelson; he can look at a variety of food in the fridge and figure out a full meal just like that. I, on the other hand, look in the fridge, and, unless there’s a left-over meal that I can heat up, I see nothing. Sad…I know. I’m not proud. 🙁
So back at the cottage and our maple syrup emergency… you know where this is going. Nelson took a carton of blueberries, some sugar, and badda-bing-badda-boom, a pancake sauce was created. It seems so obvious in hind-sight, but I really wouldn’t have thought of that. Nelson’s my culinary Macgyver.
We still love pure maple syrup on our pancakes, but sometimes a little variety is a good thing. This berry sauce was freaken awesome. We decided that this cannot be reserved solely for the obvious–pancakes and waffles. Oh ya! This sauce is going on ice-cream, cheesecake, french toast, and… we’ll take suggestions.
Try something different. You might be pleasantly surprised. And always eat well, friends!
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups quartered strawberries, no stem
- ¾ cups raspberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- Add the water and cornstarch to a medium pot.
- Whisk the cornstarch until it dissolves in the water.
- Add the sugar and turn on the heat to medium high.
- After one minute, add all the fruit and stir to combine all ingredients.
- Once the mix starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium low and cover.
- Let simmer for 10 minutes, stir every 3 or so minutes.
- Uncover and shut off the heat.
- Let cool down. The compote will thicken a bit.
- Serve warm or cold on pancakes, waffles, ice cream or any other dish that will go with sweet yummy fruits and syrup.