Monday, October 11, 2010

Blueberry Syrup Topping for Pancakes or French Toast





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!   


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Blueberry Sauce

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. 

41 comments:

  1. That sounds yummy and it must be good to find a sauce your son likes. My neighbour has a son who only eats only meat, rice, pasta and potatoes and also will not eats a sauce. He eats no other vegetables and does not like fruit!! I hope he grows out of it as if he ever gets married his wife will soon be bored with cooking for him!! Diane

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  2. Debbi how can a woman loose weight when they read your blog for goodness sake?

    I have also nominated you for an award on my blog :)

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  3. Sounds great. Thanks for the tip on making it early.

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  4. Sounds and looks soooo good! It reminds me of the syrup I love at the Cracker Barrel. I love blueberries. I put them in my breakfast smoothie and love a blueberry flavored green tea.

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  5. Looks delicious, and very cool that you have a little chef to help you!

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  6. I grew up on pancakes with blueberry syrup. What memories. Thanks for sharing this and linking to MMM>

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  7. Aww, I think it's great that he's being more adventurous about the foods he eats. The sauce looks wonderful! :) (PS - I wanted to thank you for featuring those pumpkin bagels a couple weeks ago on your Saturday Stumbles. Made them a couple of days ago, and they're quite good. :) )

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  8. Your son is following in your footsteps! Too cute. The sauce looks positively delicious!

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  9. I love blueberries (blackberries too). Just pass me a bowl of this syrup and I'll dip anything in it!

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  10. A budding chef in the making? I think so. Looks good.

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  11. Debbi, I just posted a french toast recipe recently also! I have been following your blog and love what I read. I am passing on 15 awards to my favorite bloggers. Come by my site and get it!
    Jane

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  12. Blueberry sauce on French Toast sounds really good! I'll have to try that instead of the usual maple syrup!

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  13. Yeah for your son liking it! Sometimes they say kids need to try something 20 times before they like it!

    That sauce looks awesome, although I would use it to go over ice cream too! Thanks for the recipe, I almost always have frozen blueberries in my freezer

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  14. The sauce sounds like it would be perfect for french toast and pancakes. I am glad that he liked it.

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  15. My step-son is the same way - he hates pancake syrup, barbecue sauce - although he doesn't mind my spagetti sauce, but its full of meat.

    Looks delicious Debbi! :D

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  16. oh what a delicious and perfect topping!

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  17. This looks great! It'd be perfect on just plain toast too.

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  18. What a great sauce! I've been looking for a blueberry sauce, but I didn't want anything too sugary, and this looks great. Yay for your little chef!

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  19. I love your version of bluberry syrup! it's an amazing addition to pancakes. I should give this a go soon since I am a big fan of both! thanks for submitting this Debbie!

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  20. That looks and sounds delicious! You might research sensory issues for your son as that might be what is behind his dislike of sauces. My son has sensory issues, not related to food though, and through this I've come across many parents that thought their child was just picky but turned out to have sensory problems.

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  21. My son would love this!!! ~Prairie Story

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  22. I love blue berries Deb. My youngest was a very picky eater until in his late teens. Now he eats a wide variety of foods. I didn't think it would ever happen.

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  23. This looks so delicious, and it is great to have kids in the kitchen. This would be wonderful over bread pudding, thanks so much.

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  24. I adore fruit syrups instead of maple. This recipe sounds amazing!!!

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  25. Oh good for him!!! Isn't it exciting when I little one tries a new food. It so often happens with a little hands-on cooking, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing the story and recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  26. Looks and sounds delish!Blueberries are a great choice and I think the citrus orange would combine well together!

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  27. This sounds fabulous, Debbie! Love the almond extract in it...YUM! So glad you shared it with the hearth and soul hop this week :D

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  28. I think a good way to "cure" picky eaters is to have them help out in the kitchen! This syrup sounds absolutely fantastic. I'd be all over this.

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  29. What a great blog. I'm always looking for low calories snacks and meals on my 'eternal diet'. I have you bookmarked and will be checking back often. BTW, this blueberry syrup topping sounds awesome.

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  30. Debbi,
    Great post! I love the looks of that syrup. I want to try it out real soon with my husbands famous pancakes.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Another one of those posts that make me so sad my screen isn't "lick and taste".

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  32. how great that your son will experiment in the kitchen...it might just get him to eat more things after all. i made blueberry syrup once..well maybe that is what i was calling my jam when it didn't set properly...but intentional syrup..that is a must try! i have a freezer full of berries, so i will give this a go soon. thank you for linking up to tuesday night supper club week after week. i am so glad to see you here.

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  33. Kids can be so funny when it comes to their food preferences - what a great foray into the cooking world for him - and a yummy sauce for us! thanks for linking to the hearth and soul hop!

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  34. What a great healthy topping. I think I'd love this over some vanilla ice cream.

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  35. Hurray for small victories! I've found the best way to get picky eaters to be more adventurous with their food is to involve them in the preparation of said food.

    I have a teenage son who can spot the most miniscule vegetable, leaving nothing but a separated pile of them on his plate. It's terribly frustrating so I applaud you for this triumph. It's wonderful to get children in the kitchen.

    This would be a great post to link to Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  36. That looks delicious - I want some of that. Aren't kids' appetites the funniest darn things :-)
    Sue

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  37. Hey Debs, I am laughing at your comments about your son because I have one just like THAT and she also loves to cook and come up with things like this! I say, just keep them in the kitchen and eventually it will be THERE idea to eat EVERYTHING! I adore blueberries IN pancakes but I like the idea of making a sauce so the blueberries are much more in the forefront instead of a second class addition! Thanks for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week! Alex@amoderatelife

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  38. That looks really good...too bad I didn't like blueberries! lol

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