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Strawberry Sauce

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Making your own breakfast fruit toppings may seem intimidating, but it’s actually really easy.  I typically prefer to make my own rather than buying the stuff in a bottle, namely because then I’m able to control how much sugar goes into it.  It’s also a good way to use up berries that are looking a tad over-ripe or have been sitting in the fridge a bit too long.

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PREP TIME: COOK TIME: TOTAL TIME: 20 min    YIELD: 1 cup
Ingredients:
  • 2 heaping cups of strawberries, sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
 Directions:
  1. Thoroughly wash, then hull and slice up strawberries.
  2. Add strawberry slices, orange juice, vanilla, and sugar to sauce pan.
  3. Over medium heat, bring to boil then reduce to low-medium and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens slightly and strawberries soften.
  4. Remove from heat, and using a hand-immersion blender (carefully, because the mixture is HOT) purée until smooth, or if you prefer your sauce to have a chunky texture, just purée slightly or avoid this step all together.
  5. Allow the sauce to sit for 5 minutes or so, then serve warm with pancakes, waffles, oven pancakes, or french toast.
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Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

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This dish is always popular at potlucks.  It’s probably one of my favourites because it’s sweet, but not heavy (like maybe a piece of cake or a few cookies), which makes it perfect for summer.  It’s also easily adaptable to what fresh fruit might be readily available.

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PREP TIME: COOK TIME: TOTAL TIME: 45 min    YIELD: 1 L
Ingredients:

Fruit Salsa:

  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 nectarines (or peaches)
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 2 tsp fruit preserves (I prefer apricot jam)

Cinnamon Chips:

  • 8 10″ diameter plain soft tortillas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter (or margarine)
 Directions:
  1. For fruit salsa: first peel apple, and dice into small’ish salsa-sized pieces.  Mix apple with lemon juice right away to avoid apple from browning.  Peel and dice nectarines and kiwis.  Hull and dice strawberries and mix with remainder of the fruit.  Add 2 tsp fruit preserves (or to taste).  Chill the mix until you’re ready to serve.
  2. For cinnamon chips: Preheat oven to 375 F.  Mix cinnamon, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together.  Brush melted butter on tortilla, and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Cut into chip-sized triangular pieces (a pizza-cutter works well for this) and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake for ~8 min or until just starting to brown (do not over cook!).