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Blueberries add taste and nutrition to a quick-to-make dessert that may change your notion of waffles. (click for larger version)

Waffles, blueberries a tasty dessert duo


Waffles for dessert?

When they're topped with ice cream and blueberries, the answer is a resounding "yes.''

In each blissful mouthful of this luscious creation, you'll taste crisp, freshly toasted waffle, creamy vanilla ice cream and blueberries gently spiced with cinnamon and black pepper.

Fresh blueberries are available almost any time of year or you can head for the frozen food aisle to pick up the essentials for this recipe — blueberries, waffles and ice cream.

Blueberries taste great and there are so many ways to eat them.

You also should know that they're loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants.

Dessert Waffles

With Spiced Blueberry Sauce

1½ teaspoons cornstarch

2 cups fresh or frozen (unthawed) blueberries, divided

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ to ½ teaspoon

ground black pepper

4 frozen waffles, toasted

or freshly made waffles

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

or frozen yogurt

In a small saucepan, thoroughly combine cornstarch with 1/3 cup cold water; stir in half of the blueberries, the sugar, cinnamon and black pepper.

Over medium heat, bring to a boil; boil until sauce is clear, about one minute; remove from heat. Stir in remaining blueberries; cool. Place warm waffles on dessert plates. Scoop ice cream onto waffles; top with sauce.

Yield: four portions.

For more information and recipes, visit www.ushbc.org or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Blueberry Classics, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, 2390 E. Bidwell St. No. 300, Folsom, Calif. 95630.

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