The amazing Strawberry is one of my favorite fruits! (I like pretty much anything with "berry" in the name) They are usually expensive, for a poor person like myself, so when they are in season, and on sale, I get very excited! So, I will be doing Strawberry inspired recipes for the next while, if you are allergic...I am sorry...that sucks for you.
This first one is very easy and diverse in the ways you can use it! It's a basic syrup that you can either make thick for a topping, or thinner to use for flavoring things! The recipe is pretty similar to the Latte one I posted before.
So lets get started, make like a battery and charge!
What you will need:
- 1 Small Saucepan
- 1 Sharp Knife and Cutting Board
- 1 Wooden Spoon or Whisk
- Potato Masher or Large Fork (for smashing)
- 1 Small Bowl (Not Metal)
- 1-2 Cups Chopped Strawberries (depending on your personal taste)
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup White Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg (about a pinch or shake)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 1/4 Cup -1 Cup Warm Water
First, you want to cut up your Strawberries into small pieces. If you want a chunky syrup, for pancake type foods, quarter them. If you want a more smooth, like Michael Jackson (I kid, it's impossible to be that smooth), cut them into eighths instead. I made mine more chunky.
Once you have them all chopped up, add them into the pan with the amount of water you want. Like I said before, you can make this thiner or thicker. The way I made it in the pictures was a thinner version. It will reduce down and thicken, so add more than you think you need. (I would suggest about 1/2 Cup if you are not sure how thick or thin.)
Heat to Medium and add the other ingredients. Let the butter melt and the sugar dissolve into the water base and bring it all to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Make sure to leave it uncovered so that it can reduce.
Let it simmer for 10-20 Minutes, depending on the thickness you want, so that the Strawberries are fully cooked.
Take your masher of choice and smoosh all of the Strawberries in the liquid. You can do this as many times as you want, once again depending on how you want the syrup. (If you are very fancy you can blend it all together.) Turn off the heat and let it simmer until it stops.
Transfer into a bowl and let it cool and thicken.
You can leave it in the bowl, or transfer it into a jar or sealed container!
How can you use this, you ask?
- Add to plain soda to make Italian Flavored Sodas!
- Use on French toast, Waffles, Pancakes, etc!
- Use as an Ice Cream topping!
- Use syrup in coffees for a Latte option!
- Add to any dessert! Cakes, Jellos, Puddings!
- Mix other fruit in for a fruit salad!
- The possibilities are Endless!
(In my next dessert recipe you can use this as well!)
You can also use this with any fruit you like. But remember that a soft fruit will work better!
Enjoying the noms of their labor,