Let’s be honest – unless you’re doing a Whole30 or you really believe in the Paleo Police, you’re probably going to have pancakes from time to time. Whether they’re pancakes made from sweet potatoes, bananas and eggs, or a Paleo-ified version of a traditional pancake made from nut flour, there are times when a stack of pancakes just sounds too good to pass up. Personally I only make them every couple of months, but when I do, I want a good fruit topping instead of sticky maple syrup. That’s just me.
Sprouts had pints of raspberries on sale for 98 cents. That’s like $4 less than the normal price. I bought the limit – 6 containers – but I had to figure out what to do with them. Raspberries are Bronco Bear’s favorite fruit so it wasn’t going to be too difficult. Historically I’ve made raspberry syrup from frozen raspberries. I knew, just knew, that fresh raspberries were going to be that much better.
It was sort of trial and error, and mostly through accident I ended up making a reduction sauce. The words “reduction sauce” together have always intimidated me, I guess because it sounds like a fancy cooking term. Making a reduction sauce is actually very simple and only requires a little patience. I still had to thicken it with just a little arrowroot,. but it turned out so yummy. My son is still a maple syrup kind of guy, but that’s fine – more for me. I’m sure there are plenty of other things you could do with raspberry sauce, but there wasn’t any left for me to experiment with.
2 pints fresh raspberries
2 T. water
1 T. honey (optional)
1⁄2 T. arrowroot (optional)
Cold water (optional)
Combine raspberries and 2 T. water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to help break down the berries. Stir in honey if using.
Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until raspberries are completely broken down, sauce starts to reduce and reaches desired consistency. Be patient, this will take 2030 minutes. If sauce is too thin, mix together arrowroot and cold water and mix into the syrup.
Serve as desired.