Wild Berry Syrup with Fresh Strawberries (and Giveaway for a Escape Monthly Spa Box (valued at $50))
This Wild Berry Syrup with Fresh Strawberries is soooo good! I have an issue with squishy berries. I just can’t stand what happens to frozen strawberries once they have thawed. I can’t take the texture of large chunks of strawberries in baked goods or yogurt either. I find it totally gagariffic! I remember my first encounter with mushy berries. I was at a barbecue when I was a little girl and was served a slice of angel food cake with whipped cream, and thawed strawberries. I thought I was in for a wonderful treat and was so disappointed after my first bite. I couldn’t believe how something so amazing had transformed into something so gross. I don’t think it’s a taste I will ever learn to like. But that’s ok because there are ways around it. Like with this berry syrup recipe where you wait until the very end to add fresh strawberries. This way the strawberries hold their flavor and texture and don’t disappoint. We love this syrup over pancakes and french toast, but have also found some other fun ways to use it. Be sure to check back Wednesday for a fabulous quick and easy dessert that’s great anytime during the summer, but especially perfect for the 4th of July!
In a 1/2-quart saucepan, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in orange juice until blended smooth. Stir in frozen berries and bring to a boil over medium heat. Make sure to give it a stir occasionally. Once boiling, cook for 2-4 minutes, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Just before serving, stir in strawberries pieces. Serve over your favorite pancakes or french toast.
Sometimes berries are sweeter than others depending on the crop which means that sometimes you need a little sugar, and sometimes maybe a little more or less. Start with 1/4 cup sugar and taste your syrup before it boils. If it needs more you can either add the entire extra 1/4 cup or you can add it by the Tablespoon depending on how sweet you want it.
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