Mabel Murple ordered breakfast
She had purple eggs on toast
And when she ordered dinner
She had purple short rib roast
Mabel Murple cooked a supper
Murple’s super duper purple stew
It was served with purple ketchup
And Mabel’s maple syrple too!
(Mabel Murple’s purple maple syrple!)
-Sheree Fitch, Mabel Murple
One of our favourite books of late has been Mabel Murple. Whether it is Sheree Fitch’s infectious rhyme, Sydney Smith’s perfectly purple illustrations or the simple fact that they get to shout, ‘UNDERWEAR’ at the end, the girls love it. If we miss reading it one day, it is read twice the next.
One day, during an early morning reading, the breakfast demands were made. They didn’t just want pancakes, they wanted them with Purple Maple Syrple. So, donning my indulgent mother cap, I leapt out of bed and got on with it.
You can buy this stuff in stores. It usually comes in tiny bottles. Around here they are often tied with Nova Scotia tartan ribbon which, maybe, is supposed to make it okay to pay THAT MUCH for 100mL of syrup. We go through this stuff, and maple syrup generally, by the bucketload. For us, this proves a little more economical despite missing the ribbon. And, you can make it in about as much time as it takes to whip up a batch of pancakes anyway. (I think I can feel the wrath of the value-added maple syrup industry coming down on me now)
This was some time ago, blueberries weren’t quite in season and I was still in the midst of using up the frozen winter’s berry stash. You can easily use fresh, the last of them are still trickling through markets, and I have since. Still perfectly purple.
Mabel Murple’s Purple Maple Syrple inspired by Mabel Murple written by Sheree Fitch
2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen, washed and de-stemmed, preferably)
2 cups maple syrup
Bring the berries to a boil over low to medium heat. Don’t let them burn. Add the maple syrup and return to a boil.
Strain through a sieve, pressing to extract all the liquid. Or, leave it chunky if you don’t mind the bits.
Serve over pancakes, french toast, waffles, porridge, ice cream, yogurt...
Allow to cool before refrigerating in a clean, dry container.