Saturday, October 16, 2010

Strawberry Sauce

Description:
A sweet aromatic strawberry sauce for topping waffles, pancakes, ice cream, shortcake, and other desserts.
Yield:
2-4 servings
Ingredients:
2 cup Strawberries (loosely packed; fresh or frozen)
1/8 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch (disolved in a little water)
Instructions:
1. Cut strawberries into halves or quarters (depending on preference; if the strawberries are fairly small you may leave them whole).
2. Place strawberries in a saucepan and pour sugar on top and place on burner set between medium and medium-low.
3. The mixture will slowly become watery at which point you can set the burner to medium. Once the mixture begins to boil add dissolved cornstarch while stirring the mixture.
4. After boiling for 1-2 minutes (remember to continue stirring) you can remove from the burner.
The syrup can be used hot or can be refrigerated and used cold, depending on your preference.
Additional Notes:
* Add a small amount of lemon juice to add a slight tang, especially to strawberries that are a little bland (e.g. store bought varieties).
** If you need your syrup to go farther, add some water (~1/2 cup), double the corn starch, double the sugar, and add lemon juice. This will make make more strawberry topping without compromising the flavor much.
Preparation Time:
5 minutes
Cooking Time:
10 minutes
Tammy's Review:
This is my favorite topping for pancakes or waffles. I think the only downside is that it doesn't keep as long as jam or regular syrup, probably because it calls for less sugar.

1,23,4 Biscuits or also know as Trish's Biscuits

1,2,3,4 Biscuits (Original Recipe from Montreal Star, June 1957)

Ingredients:

1 tsp salt
2 cups Five Roses flour
3 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup hard margarine (1 square of Imperial or Parkay)
3/4 cup soured milk or buttermilk


Method: Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet

1. To sour milk, put 3 tsp vinegar or lemon juice into a 3/4 cup measuring cup and add milk to fill. Leave stand until needed.
2. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together.
3. With a pasty blender or two knives cut the margarine into the flour mixture, until it looks like coarse cornmeal. (This step is very important....if the margarine pieces are too big, the biscuits will not rise evenloy)>
4. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the soured milk. Stir together with a knife until mixture starts to clump, then push into a ball with your hands.
5. Turn out onto floured counter and knead together into a smooth ball.
6. Flatten to one inch thick square and cut into 16 biscuits, or flatten to one inch thick circle and cut into 12 triangular wedges.
7. Bake on highest shleft for 6 minutes, then turn tray around and bake for another 6 minutes. Check the biscuits. They should be lightly browned and well risen. If necessary, bake for one or two more minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!!

Yummy Waffles

A moist and slightly sweet homemade waffle batter
Yield:
4-6 servings
Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups flour*
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup oil or melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:
1. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, beat wet ingredients and then add to dry, stirring just until moistened.
3. Cook on pre-heated waffle iron until waffles are browned and test done. I like to set a timer so I don't have to keep checking, or risk forgetting to take the waffles out on time!


Hot fresh homemade waffles, fresh fruit, and freshly whipped cream! Really, few breakfasts can top this one in my opinion! :)

She also says that this batter can be stored in the refrigerator until needed.
I do think this recipe is better with whole wheat flour. I like to let the batter set for a few minutes before starting to cook the waffles, so it thickens just slightly and isn't as runny.

Preparation Time:
15 minutes

Weight Watcher 2 Point Ideas

  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of juice
  • 6 saltine crackers
  • 1 cheese string
  • 6 vinta crackers (square ones)
  • 1 bag of nativa (shoppers) baby choc cookies
  • 1 package of Pringles stix any flavour
  • 4 twizzlers
  • Kashi Granola Bars
  • 1 bag of Thinsations chocolate covered Pretzels