This started out as a way to use up some slightly dried up fresh strawberries that were in the back of my fridge. And it turned out to be something so great I just had to share. You can use the syrup in a variety of ways, mix into iced tea for a sweet fruity treat, mix into lemon juice for strawberry lemonade, have over angel food cake, have on biscuits for strawberry shortcake, or serve over pancakes or waffles for a truly delicious breakfast.
Simple Strawberry Syrup
2 cups fresh strawberries diced
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
In a saucepan combine all ingredients except vanilla (if you want to add that) and stir over low heat until all the sugar is melted and mixture comes to a slow boil. Remove from heat (add vanilla if you want) and pour into a jar. Let cool and use as desired. As it cools it will thicken, if it’s too thick you can add a couple tablespoons of water and stir it. If you are making it for pancakes or waffles you can add 1 Tablespoon of butter while the mixture is hot (if you don’t use all of it and you put it in the fridge it will get hard, you’ll need to warm it up before you can use it or you can use it cold like a spread). Keeps in the fridge for about 1 week.