From scratch: strawberry topping for pancakes

One morning, in yet another turn in my homemade pancake obsession, I decided to push myself a little more and make some homemade strawberry topping to dress the pancakes with.

For the ingredients and instructions for making pancakes, check out my earlier post on bacon pancakes. Once you’ve got that down and you have a monster platter of flapjacks, here’s how you make the strawberry concoction that goes on top (big thanks to Tori Avey for her really simple recipe):

Ingredients:
2 cups chopped strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp cornstarch
another 2 tbsp water (for cornstarch)
1 tsp vanilla extract

*If you want some strawberries for presentation, take a few more strawberries and slice them instead of chopping them.

Instructions:
1. Once you’ve chopped enough strawberries to fill two cups, put that and the sugar and water into a pan. If you did slice up some decor-intended strawberries, you can toss them into the mix now if you want to soften them up a little. Stir the mixture and put it over high heat. When the mixture starts boiling, turn down the heat. At this point, you need to take out the strawberry slices so they don’t soften too much.

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2. In a small bowl, melt the cornstarch into two tablespoons of water and pour the mixture into the pan. Keep cooking the strawberry brew, stirring frequently. When the texture becomes syrupy, take the pan off the heat and pour in the vanilla extract.

3. You can either use the mixture as is, or blend it to make it smooth. Or do what I did: blend half of the mix and combine it with the chunky half.

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Now, if you’re content with a simple stack of strawberry-topped pancakes, you can stop there. But if you’re thinking of going the extra mile, you can throw Nutella into the mix. Just spread a tablespoon or two on top of a pancake, top it with another pancake, and drizzle the strawberry over it. If the height makes you a bit sad, you can keep going until you reach the number of layers you’re happy with.

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And there you have it: some sweet and tangy lovin’ for your morning pancakes. Let me know how yours work out.

 

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