Grocery stores have shelves lined with pre-made fruit syrups...however, they are packed with artificial flavors and preservatives? To that I say, "No thank you."
Instead, I prefer to make my own fruit syrups because they only require a few ingredients and steps. Plus, they are definitely the healthier alternative when compared to the store-bought versions.
Steps to create a delicious fresh fruit syrup:
- Gather the materials: You'll need a saucepan, fruit of your choice, masher, measuring cup, sugar, water, mesh sieve and a bowl.
- Prepare the fruit by rinsing and removing any stems, cores or pits. Soft fruits, such as berries and stone fruits, are best for making fruit syrup.
- Measure the fruit into a pot and crush it with a masher (approximately 4 cups).
- Add equal parts sugar and water to the pot. If using 4 cups of fruit, add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.
- Bring contents to a boil and then lower the temperature and simmer for 15-20 minutes uncovered.
- Optional: Add citrus to the saucepan by either using orange juice, the zest of the lemon or the juice from a fresh lemon.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve and discard the solids. Pour into a jar and serve.
So, the next time you prepare a batch of pancakes and think about pairing them with good 'ole Aunt Jemima think again. Grab that fruit from the drawer in your refrigerator and prepare a simple and easy fresh fruit syrup that will make the pancakes look and taste absolutely delicious.
For a great Fresh Strawberry Syrup that will taste great when drizzled over ice cream, pancakes, waffles, crepes, cheesecake, angel food cake, be sure to check out this recipe!
* Note: I skipped the "strain through a mesh sieve" step when preparing the strawberry syrup in the photo. When it comes to strawberry syrup, I love including chunks of strawberries because I think it gives the syrup a touch of decadence.