Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Simply Syrup

Waffles, pancakes and french toasts aren't the same when you leave out the smooth syrup to adorn your creations.
Pure maple is divine but costly, the bottled processed brands are ok but why not just make your own and incorporate fruit into it?
It really is SO simple and you can incorporate whatever fruit your little hearts desire!  And if you have guests sleep over they'll be amazed when you tell them they're having homemade fruit syrup with breakfast.

We decided to have breakfast for dinner and we opted for French Toast.
I had picked up a tray of strawberries a few days prior and realized I hadn't used them as of yet and while they weren't fuzzy they were starting to get "soft".
Might as well make some strawberry syrup right?
Oh ya, take a lookie at this!

Here's how utterly easy this is:

1/3 c. vanilla sugar (I simply put used or half beans in my sugar container)
1/3 c. water
1 pint washed, hulled and diced strawberries (or you could use frozen)

3 ingredients, one which can be interchanged (blueberries, blackberries, cherries etc.).  You can even add in some citrus juice or peel for extra flavoring!

Wash, hull and cut up your strawberries

In a pot add your sugar and water (which would be a simple syrup recipe alone) heat on medium to dissolve.  Add in the berries, stir and slow boil it for about 15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced  and looks "syrupy" teehee.

I prefer a thicker sryup and so I let mine boil a tad longer. 
You may get a little foam on the surface (it doesnt bother me none but you can just skim it off with a spoon.)

Let cool slightly and serve or store in a mason jar in the fridge for a few days.

I'm Listening to: Strawberry Swing - Coldplay
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  1. Nice one! :) I've never made a simple syrup, but I've had one hell of a lime one that I've always wanted to try.

  2. Oh yum! My kids will love this! We are divided household of pancake and waffle lovers :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. It looks absolutely delicious. Can I lick the plate?

  4. can you explain how you make the vanilla sugar a bit more? did you use vanilla beans???

    1. Hi Cathy, I do use leftover beans and I simply place them in my sugar container. Each time I have a used bean or half of one I toss it in there. Makes a wonderful addition to sugar :)