Around here we love strawberry season. A trip to the strawberry patch marks the beginning of school holidays and the long hot days of summer. And baskets of strawberries on the counter mean jam-making and treat-baking and fresh-strawberry-eating for daaaays. And also this beautiful stuff which I’ll share with you today…
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But in other strawberry news, this year I even tried my hand at some homemade ice cream. It was pretty delicious, but needs a bit of practice and tweaking before a recipe shows up in this space. Still, you can’t go wrong serving anything up in individual servings. Mini mason jars for the win. (See it here on Instagram.)
* last of the fresh-picked strawberries *
So then, when there was just a little bowl of berries left to be used up or eaten, I decided to try something else new that would be quick and simple and no-fail. I was inspired by this recipe in the newspaper. I love The Quick Fix column for customizable recipes with just a few ingredients and minimal prep. My homemade chocolate sauce is from this column, and I recently used this delicious herb pasta recipe which was a big hit.
But I digress…
* just enough for some syrup *
So with a scant two cups of sliced up strawberries left in the fridge, I put them in a pot with one cup of cold water and set it to boil. I let it simmer for about ten minutes. By then the strawberries had lost their bright red colour and looked like a hot mess. I poured the whole mess through a strainer and into a clean pot back on the burner. I added a cup of sugar and let it boil again, then simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring till the sugar was completely dissolved.
* strawberry syrup *
And that’s it. Done. Store it in a bottle with a lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Obviously I now need to buy these bottles from IKEA. The only lidded bottle I had was this Starbucks Frappuccino bottle. (Never throw these out! You know you’ll use them someday.) If you’re more type A than I am #haha then you can remove the labelling with this method.
* sparkly strawberry lime *
The syrup is so yummy poured over waffles and pancakes, or on ice cream for dessert. How about added to some homemade iced tea? Personally I love it added to some sparkling or soda water with a wedge of lime for a not-too-sweet refreshing summer drink. How would you use your homemade strawberry syrup? Let me know in the comments…
And hey, I made a video! #thatwasfun #andhard #enjoy
Thanks so much for hanging out here with me. Hope you’re having a lovely summer!
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