My son came up with the idea of this sauce. He's my little chef-to-be. Which is amazing to me as he is the pickiest eater on the planet.
What's more intriguing is he hates most sauces. He won't eat spaghetti sauce, doesn't care for cheese sauce, no condiment in the world, casseroles are completely out of the question. He even hates homemade pizza because he can SEE the sauce go on it. It's a mental thing, I don't even pretend to understand but that's just the way he is.
So you can imagine my surprise when he asked to create a blueberry sauce for french toast or pancakes.
I think he saw a show on a cooking channel and saw a woman put blueberries on french toast and they melted and he thought it was cool.
So, of course, wanting to encourage him, I told him for sure we'd make a blueberry sauce.
I looked around on the internet for sauces and found plenty. We combined a couple of recipes and this is what we came up with. It turned out great.
But would he eat it?
I was afraid his tongue would like it but his brain would have nothing to do with it. That's happened before.
He loved it! He did like it better with syrup along with it but he ate it. He even wants to create a blackberry syrup next time!
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup white sugar (more if you like it sweeter)
1/4 cup cold water mixed with 3 tbsp. cornstarch
few drops of almond extract
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, 1/4 cup water, orange juice and sugar. Stir gently and bring to a boil.
Gently stir the water/cornstarch mixture into the blueberries so as not to mash the berries too much. Simmer gently until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract and cinnamon. Thin sauce with water if it is too thick for your liking.
Note: Tasting this right away, it seemed to have too much orange juice, after it sat for about an hour, it was perfect. I recommend making this ahead of time and serving later, the blueberry taste came out more.
Serve over french toast or pancakes.