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Mother’s day is just around the corner. Can you believe it? It gives me goose bumps to think that I have been the mom to my crazy kid for six years. I said SIX! Geez whiz, where has the time gone? He just keeps getting bigger and bigger. One thing that I am looking forward to this year is a mid day brunch. It will just be the two of us on the day so why not spoil ourselves with fancy drinks, eggs, bacon, and waffles smothered in some of this fresh strawberry syrup?! Seems only right.
Really, I made this because I scored a box of berries for a whopping .59 cents the other day. I pushed them to the back of the fridge and forgot all about them until it was almost too late. I knew I needed to use them all fast but wasn’t in the mood for a smoothie. Syrup seemed like the only logical thing to make. Annnnnd you can’t have syrup without waffles. Or pancakes. But the crispiness of the first made for a better base for the berries.
Dice and clean your berries then toss them into a pot. This is where the magic happens.
Stir in some sugar…
A little corn starch (this helps to thicken things up)…
A little orange juice…
And lastly, vanilla! Cook it up until it’s thickened and you’ve got a sweet topping that makes any breakfast special.
Looking back, you probably could cut down on the sugar. I made our waffles a little more on the bland side so it worked well, but we decided that one waffle with the sweet berries was plenty. If you cut the sugar down you could probably eat two or three.
Fresh Strawberry Syrup
- 2 cups fresh strawberries roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoons orange juice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Enjoy over waffles or pancakes.