Fresh Strawberry Syrup

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Fresh Strawberry Syrup
Ever since I can remember, my favorite fruit has been the beautiful strawberry. I love fresh strawberries, strawberry jam, strawberry pie, strawberry ice cream, strawberry milkshakes...the list goes on and on. Whenever we went out to breakfast as a family, more often than not I would order a Belgian waffle...and did I eat it with butter and maple syrup? Think again. I, of course, topped my waffle with strawberry syrup.

Last night, my husband and I went grocery shopping to pick up a few items for dinner. While I was in the produce aisle, I couldn't help but notice how gorgeous the strawberries looked. They were plump and beautifully red. I knew they would be perfect to use in a dessert.

Next to the strawberries were the pre-made shortcake cups. Seeing those quickly brought me back to my childhood. My Mom would serve those tasty little cups filled with whipped cream and mixed berries. They always tasted great on a warm summer night.

After being drawn to the strawberries and the shortcakes, I knew right then and there I had an idea for dessert. After we ate a delicious dinner of grilled pork chops, spinach salad, green beans with a nut and dried cranberry mixture, and twice-baked potatoes, I served these shortcake cups topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberry syrup. This dessert definitely reminded me of the mornings when I would sit down to a massive Belgian waffle topped with strawberry syrup...and, as I did on those mornings, last night I enjoyed each and every bite.

Fresh Strawberry Syrup

Ingredients:
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
Directions:
  1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat until the mixture simmers. Cover and stir occasionally for 18-20 minutes or until the strawberries break down and the sauce thickens. Serve warm or cold.

8 comments:

Maria said...

Fresh syrup is the best. I am going to make french toast to go with this syrup! Yum!

Jenny said...

GORGEOUS! Wow, I want some now!!

Michelle said...

I love making syrups, they're so useful and fun to make!

Tracy said...

Mmm, sounds wonderful and nostalgic too! I'd love to eat this drizzled over a Belgian waffle. :-)

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker said...

Oh, I love that you made homemade syrup! This strawberry version looks to-die-for!

Cookin' Canuck said...

We always make waffles on the weekend and I am definitely going to make this as a change from maple syrup.

Maggy@ThreeManyCooks.com said...

I love strawberry syrup too! This look so scrumptious :)

Meredith said...

Oh my gosh, this look delicious! And so beautiful! Your photographs are gorgeous.
I've recently launched my own blog, I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think :) www.prettygoodfood.com
Thanks, and Happy Cooking!!!

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