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Summer Seduction: Pure and Fresh Blackberry Syrup

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When pure and natural there may not be a better sweetener than a fresh fruit syrup. Whether you are topping some homemade ice cream, filled crepes, fruit salads or adding some color and taste to homemade lemonade or iced tea, a fresh fruit syrup is the difference between mundane and outstanding.

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Fruit syrups are extremely easy to make and take almost no time! All you need is some fresh fruit and a homemade sugar syrup. To make the sugar syrup is as easy as cooking equal amounts of sugar and water until the liquid is clear. Yep, it is that simple! Once it cools, you add the fresh fruit puree and you have 100% pure and natural fruit syrup. No chemicals! No preservatives! No poisons!

One of our favorite fruits syrups here at Casa de Cuisine is Blackberry Syrup. Blackberries (mind you from a botanical view, they are not really berries) are little nutrition bombs! Among their star health qualities are the fact they're loaded with fiber, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids!

If you happen to be more a fan of raspberries or boysenberries, go ahead and use this recipe and just replace the blackberries with the berry of your choice. This will not, however, work with strawberries!

Ingredients needed to make Pure and Natural Blackberry Syrup (makes about 2 cups):

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 cup fresh blackberries

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir the sugar, water and lemon juice until the liquid is clear.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Place the blackberries into a food processor and puree.
  4. Strain the puree through a fine sieve, pressing the pulp down with a spatula to get all the juice.
  5. Discard the remaining pulp and seeds.
  6. Stir the blackberry juice into the sugar syrup and chill until ready to use.

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