{Tips & Tricks} Making a Simple Fruit Syrup

Fresh Strawberry Syrup

A fruit syrup is a sweet way to maximize the flavor of a variety of dishes. It also has the ability to brighten a dish to make it look even more enticing.

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:

  1. Gather the materials: You’ll need a saucepan, fruit of your choice, masher, measuring cup, sugar, water, mesh sieve and a bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. Measure the fruit into a pot and crush it with a masher (approximately 4 cups).
  4. 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.
  5. Bring contents to a boil and then lower the temperature and simmer for 15-20 minutes uncovered.
  6. Optional: Add citrus to the saucepan by either using orange juice, the zest of the lemon or the juice from a fresh lemon.
  7. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and discard the solids. Pour into a jar and serve.

See…I told you it was simple. With only a few ingredients and just a little bit of time, you can create a beautiful homemade fruit syrup that adds so much flavor to a dish.

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.

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