A spoonful of warm berries helps the chill go away...

Now don't get me wrong: Winter and I are life long buddies. We go way back.

However, after a long winter break filled with freezing rain, a dusting of snow in the central valley (can you believe it?!), spending each night mummifying myself in a mountain of blankets, and far to many wet sock incidents; I've had it up to my ears with my chilly friend.

I hate to say this Winter, but I need some space.
I need to feel the sun's warmth and save my poor, little frozen toes.

I need to warm up in the morning with some molten berry sauce over french toast.

It's getting toasty already!

Orange-Scented Triple Berry Sauce
(makes about 2 cups)

2 cups frozen berries (I used a combination of raspberries, blackberries, and wild blueberries)
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup fresh orange juice (not the frozen concentrate)
3/4 cup of brown sugar or turbinado sugar (I used turbinado with tasty results!)
1/4 cup cold water
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (add a little more if you want a thicker sauce - I like mine a bit runny)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (it sounds weird, but trust me!)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of cardamom (optional, but for cardamom junkies like me, it's a must have!)

Combine berries, water, orange juice, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until mixture starts to boil and sugar has dissolved.
In a liquid measure or small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Gradually add this mixture to the berry mixture, stirring constantly, and simmer until sauce coats the back of a metal spoon - approximately 3 - 5 minutes.
(Note: Don't get worried if the sauce smells overpoweringly orange. Once the sauce has a few minutes to mellow, the berry flavor with start to come through!)
Remove sauce from the heat and stir in almond extract and spices. Pour over french toast (I made mine out of leftover pannetone!), pancakes, waffles, cheesecake, ice cream, or straight into mouth and enjoy!
♥Store leftover berry sauce in the refrigerator for up to two weeks... if it lasts that long!♥


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