Triple Berry Syrup
————-(Adapted from Our Best Bites)
4 cups mixed frozen berries
1/3 cup raspberry jam (I used this homemade Raspberry Nectarine Jam)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 Tbs cornstarch
Combine berries, jam and sugar in a saucepan. Mix together water and cornstarch and mix into berries in pan. Over medium heat, cook sauce until thickened and just barely beginning to boil. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers.
Makes about 3 cups syrup.
Serve over Waffles, Pancakes, Cheesecake, Ice Cream
Homemade Maple Syrup
————-(adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
2 Tbs honey or corn syrup (dark or light)
1 cup water
1 tsp pure maple extract
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
In a large 5-6 quart pot, combine the sugars, honey and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to low so the mixture gently simmers. Cover the pot and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes before stirring in the maple and vanilla extracts. Pour the hot syrup into a mason jar and immediately seal with lid and ring. As it cools the jar seals. Store unrefrigerated for 1-2 weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Reheat before serving, if desired.
*Makes about 2 1/2 cups
————(from Simple Bites)
5 cups blueberries
3 cups water
1 cup sugar (Turbinado or regular white sugar)
1 whole lemon, washed
Using a sharp paring knife, peel three or four strips of lemon peel from the lemon. Skin should be about 1/2 inch wide and not have too much of the bitter pith or white part on it. Then juice the lemon, and set both zest and juice aside.
Place blueberries and 1 cup of the water in a medium pot. Don’t worry about stems or leaves; they will be strained out later. Using a potato masher, crush the berries. Over medium-high heat, bring the berries and water to a boil, then lower the temperature to medium-low. Simmer berries for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. They will darken considerably.
Remove pot from heat and ladle berries into a fine sieve set over a heat-proof bowl or measuring cup. Using the back of a ladle, press on the berry solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard solids.
Wash out your pot, then add the remaining 2 cups of water, lemon peel(not juice yet), and the sugar. Bring to a boil and boil rapidly for about 15 minutes until the mixture thickens (or reaches 225°F). Add reserved blueberry juice and 2 tablespoons lemon juice and stir to combine. Boil another minute or two. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove lemon zest.
Using a funnel, pour syrup into clean jars. Top with lid and store in the refrigerator for up to six months. Or process in sterile canning jars with a boiling bath canner (Process half pints for 10 minutes; pints for 15 minutes).
Makes about 4 cups.
Serve over Cheesecake, Waffles, Pancakes, Ice Cream
Vanilla Buttermilk Syrup
1 1/2 cups white or brown sugar (I use half white, half brown)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 Tbs dark corn syrup
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped**
Combine sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup, baking soda, salt and vanilla bean (both seeds and split pod) in a large pot (mixture will increase drastically in volume while cooking from the reaction between buttermilk and baking soda. Use a LARGE pot: soup pot size). Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes, or until syrup is a light golden brown. Remove from heat. Remove and discard vanilla bean pod. Serve warm.
Store in refrigerator. Syrup will thicken to a soft caramel consistency in the refrigerator. Reheat before serving.
Serve over Waffles, Pancakes, Ice Cream, or anywhere you would use a caramel sauce.
** You can substitute 1 tsp vanilla extract for the vanilla bean, if desired. Stir vanilla extract into syrup AFTER cooking and removing from heat.
What would a waffle be without a perfect topping?
Waffles are a great canvas for a variety of syrups or fruit toppings.
Here are some of the things we have been pouring in those deep waffle pockets. Click through the titles to go to a page with the topping recipes.
Vanilla Buttermilk Syrup
Blueberry Syrup (with some additional fresh blueberries).
Also great on Cheesecake!
Pure Maple Syrup (no recipe)
Homemade Maple Pancake Syrup
Fresh Berries and Cream (no recipe)
Triple Berry Syrup
Happy Waffle Making!