Let’s Celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day!

Photo by Adam Bartoszewicz

Pancakes make perfect comfort food on a wintry morning. If you don’t have fresh blueberries, stir in frozen ones just prior to cooking, which will help prevent them from turning your batter blue.  I also like to add a bit of orange or lemon zest to the batter, along with a bit of ground cinnamon.

For me, there’s no better way to top pancakes than with 100% pure maple syrup. But I have also been known to start with a couple pats of softened butter, prior to the syrup. I also like to toss additional fresh berries on top and some whipped cream. Okay. Decadence is good.

But one dear friend, David Weisgerber aka The Gerb, is not a maple syrup fan. He prefers blueberry syrup. National Blueberry Pancake Day, is the perfect chance to go ALL IN with blueberries!

Photo by Heather Gill

Super Simple Blueberry Syrup

½ c honey, mixed with 1 T cornstarch

1 c water (or juice, such as cranberry, apple, or grape)

1 T fresh lemon juice

Dash orange zest (fresh or dried)

3 c blueberries, fresh or frozen

Combine all but the half berries in a medium saucepan over med-high heat. When it comes to a boil, add the remaining berries and reduce heat. Let it simmer 4-5 min and serve warm. Makes 2 ½ c.

KISS Tip: Store refrigerated. Serve warm or at room temperature. For a smoother texture, process with an immersion blender to your desired consistency. If you like your sauce runnier, simply add 1-2 T water.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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