Fresh and Simple Homemade Strawberry Syrup Recipe
Fresh Homemade Treat
Few things measure up to sweet strawberry syrup poured over a warm, crisp waffle. Around here, we love our breakfast foods, among which pancakes and waffles are our favorites. Since we generally use fresh and healthy ingredients, including whole wheat, honey, and ground flaxseed meal, we treat ourselves every so often with this simple syrup. It has a sweet, slightly sour flavor, which complements the richer sweetness of the honey. The overall effect is a balanced syrup flavor. Just be sure you use ripe strawberries! I've included a brief video and a link below to help you gauge the ripeness of your strawberries.
What you may notice off the bat is that this recipe is quite healthy compared to other syrup recipes. Rather than building its sweetness on sugar alone, it relies on a small amount of sugar and the heat to draw out the natural sweetness of the fruit. And of course, we're replacing much of the white sugar these recipes typically require with honey. Whereas processed white sugars tend to stimulate the appetite, natural sweeteners like honey or fresh-squeezed orange juice do not.1
From my kitchen to yours, enjoy!
Strawberry Syrup Recipe
You will need...
- 1 quart fresh, ripe Strawberries† - hulled, then sliced or mashed
- 1/2 cup Honey - preferably local‡
- 2 TBS White Sugar (optional)
- Juice from one Orange
- 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp Orange Zest
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan, preferably one with a thick bottom.
- Mix, then allow mixture to rest for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the strawberries have released their juices and the sugar has dissolved.
- Place the saucepan over low to medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until syrup is warm and has thickened slightly.
- Those who like thicker syrup should allow syrup to cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until syrup reaches desired consistency. Note: cooking for longer than 10 minutes may reduce the nutritional value of the strawberries.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
†If strawberries are out of season or you have only frozen strawberries on hand, allow 3 full cups of frozen strawberries to defrost. DO NOT MICROWAVE. Defrosting usually takes between 30 to 90 minutes.
‡Local honey offers consumers several benefits, including possible relief or protection from seasonal allergies.2 Since strawberries come into season around the same time that many people begin to suffer from allergies, using local honey in a syrup is an easy way to find relief. Additionally, purchasing local honey from regional vendors helps to promote the bee population in your area.
1Larson-Meyer DE, et al. "Effect of honey versus sucrose on appetite, appetite-regulating, hormones, and postmeal thermogenesis." J Am Coll Nutri. 29(5):482-93. PMID: 21504975.
2Saarinen K, Jantunen J, Haahtela T. "Birch pollen honey for birch pollen allergy--a randomized controlled pilot study." Int Arch Allergy Immunol.155(2):160-6. EPub: 2010 Dec 23. PMID: 21196761.
Gauging Strawberry Ripeness
- How to Choose Ripe Strawberries
When people think of summertime, they usually think of strawberries. This sweet and tangy fruit is wonderful in pies and strawberry shortcake, but you must choose ripe berries.
- Strawberries: Selecting and Purchasing Strawberries
Hints and tips on picking and buying ripe strawberries.