Bored with the freezer burnt whole wheat waffles doused in diet busting butter and syrup? Me too. Usually I steer clear of cherry anything whether fresh, frozen, or in candy form; it just doesn’t satisfy my taste buds the way other fruit does. However, a couple of weeks ago while flipping through my August issue of Women’s Health, I briefly skimmed through this warm cherry sauce recipe and absentmindedly continued to turn the page. About 30 pages later I realized the kids’ had an entire Tupperware bowl full of cherries at their prime, loved waffles, and were in a breakfast rut. Fifteen minutes later we couldn’t get enough of our homemade buttermilk waffles drizzled in warm good-for-you cherry sauce.
The recipe below makes 6 servings, but since there was only 3 of us and 5 waffles I cut the recipe in half (omitting the lemon zest, seemed like too much work) and still had enough left over!
2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and chopped
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp lemon zest (I omitted this)
3/4 c water
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tbsp water
In a small saucepan, bring chopped cherries, honey, cinnamon, lemon zest, and 3/4 cup water to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until cherries break down (about 5 minutes). Puree about half the mixture in a blender, return to the pan, and stir in almond extract and cornstarch; simmer 1 minute. Serve with pancakes, waffles, or french toast!
**Recipe Source: Women’s Health August 2012**