Blueberry Simple Syrup
Sinkology is proud to present Emily Schuermann, our food-loving guest blogger who runs Food for a Year. Emily is here to share some recipes she has created exclusively for the Sinkology blog that reflect her view of a copper sink: simple, timeless, affordable, and beautifully rustic.
Summer is in full swing and that means fresh fruit is at its peak in flavor and availability! Blueberry Simple Syrup captures the amazing flavors of this summer berry and gives the opportunity for blueberries to be enjoyed in countless ways!
There are 2 things I love about this recipe – it’s versatility and it’s practicality.
How can this Blueberry Simple Syrup be used?? Let me count the ways!! From a milkshake to a margarita, blueberry simple syrup can make everything better! Here’s a short-list of suggested uses ::
- in place of pancake syrup
- oatmeal topping
- over an ice cream scoop
- folded into plain yogurt
- iced coffee (so, so good!)
- poured over pound cake
- drizzle over your fresh fruit bowl
- whipped into buttercream
- added to sweeten homemade whipped cream
Another thing that makes me love this simple syrup so much? It’s useful and practical. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve found a clamshell of berries that were unintentionally shoved to the back of my fridge and forgotten.
Simple Syrup makes wonderful use of overripe, wrinkled, soggy berries (something that would otherwise be thrown away is now given new life!). Plus, there’s a double purpose! The strained, leftover fruit can be used as a jam or added to a fruit cobbler!
Turning “turned” fruit into a jam or syrup is a wonderful way to reclaim it’s usefulness.
Emily – Food for a Year
Blueberry Simple Syrup
- 16 oz. fresh blueberries (or another in season fresh berry), rinsed and air dried
- 1 c granulated cane sugar
- 1 c water
Place everything into a medium pot. Bring the berries to simmer over medium, medium-high flame – stirring frequently to prevent scorching or sticking.
While simmering, mash the fruit with the back of a spoon or masher to help release all of the berry juice.
Continue simmering and stirring frequently until syrup has reduced by at least 1/3 and thickened to desired consistency (this will take 10-15 minutes). It’s important to note that the syrup will continue to thicken as it cools.
To make a smooth syrup, you can strain the skins by pouring the hot syrup through a mesh strainer that’s positioned over a large heat-proof bowl.*
Store, refrigerated, in a glass jar or condiment dispenser for 2 weeks.
Makes 20 oz.
*Save the strained fruit! Add the strained fruit to a fruit cobbler, folded into a brownie batter or even used as a jam for your toast!
Blueberry Simple Syrup — it’s the perfect way to enjoy that spectacular summer blueberry flavor!
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