Strawberry Simple Syrup
Summer in a bottle.
Sun-ripened strawberries are one of the sweetest summer treats. I love eating them fresh but after picking heaps of strawberries you have to find ways to preserve their special flavour, lest they overripen and go to waste! I usually freeze most of them to be enjoyed year-round, make jam, and dehydrate halves for snacking. This year I also made this quick and delicious strawberry simple syrup to capture the flavour of summer.
Strawberry Simple Syrup Recipe
120g fresh (or frozen) strawberries
120g hot water
Muddle strawberries (fresh or thawed with their juices) and sugar to a pulp.
Leave on the counter to macerate for 30 minutes.
Add hot water and stir to dissolve sugar.
Pour through a fine-mesh strainer.
Keep strawberry simple syrup in a sealable jar in the fridge*.
Keep the sweet strawberry pulp to make this milkshake recipe or enjoy it in a yoghurt parfait or on top of pancakes!
*Will keep for about 1 week in the fridge or pour into ice cube trays and transfer to a sealable bag once frozen for longer storage.
Ideas for enjoying strawberry simple syrup:
Strawberry banana milkshake
Strawberry Margarita, daiquiri or bramble
Soak into genoise (use this cake recipe as a guide and swap in strawberry syrup and fresh strawberries for the filling)