Berry Picking Time!

Those of you who have been reading this for a while will know that besides quilts, I also like to garden. This past week the U-pick farms have been open for picking Saskatoons (aka Serviceberry). These berries grow on bushes and as a child, we would just go out in the bush and pick them wild. I don't have any berries in my own garden and places to pick the wild ones are becoming more scarce, so I spent a pleasant hour picking berries last week at a local U-pick.
Saskatoon berries on the bush
Beautiful saskatoon berries!
Pie ready for the oven!
 I've misplaced my favorite pie recipe, so I used another and although it's still good, it's not the one I would like to share with you. My other favorite thing to make with Saskatoon berries is a simple berry sauce for over ice cream. Yum!

Saskatoon Berry Sauce

2 cups saskatoon berries (or blueberries)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar (I use a scant 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Mix berries & water in a 2 quart microwave safe dish and cook at 100% (high) 5-7 minutes or until boiling. Sit. Cook at 70% (medium) 3-5 minutes, stirring once. Mix cornstarch and sugar and stir into berries. Cook at 100% (high) for 90 seconds to 2 minutes stirring at a minute. 
Add lemon juice and almond extract. Cool. Serve over pancakes, waffles, ice cream or plain yogurt.


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