If you're like me, then you might remember waking up to pancakes and pouring some colorful and tasty fruit syrup over them. If you're of a certain age, there was a time when these syrups were pretty natural. Not anymore! Now they are made with corn syrup and in the case of Smuckers, the main processor of these types of syrups, fruit which is of the GMO variety.
The good news is, you can make your very own fruit syrups and you can make them naturally. It is very simple to do and takes very little time. Even better, it only takes the fruit of your liking (in this case strawberries), some sugar and some butter!
When I make my fruit syrups, I do not strain the pureed fruit through a sieve. I prefer the fruit syrup to have the full taste of the fruit. You can, however, strain it to remove the seeds if this is of your liking. In the slideshow, we'll take you through the steps of making your own, one hundred percent natural, fruit syrup (which is also wonderful when spooned over some homemade ice cream).
Ingredients needed to make Natural Strawberry Syrup:
- 1 basket strawberries, hulled (stem removed) and halved
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbs. butter
- Place the strawberries and sugar into a food processor and puree.
- Pour the puree into a non-aluminum sauce pan over medium heat. Cook the mixture just to the point when it starts to simmer. Do not let it come to a boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter.
- Let the strawberry syrup cool before using.
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