Easy Fruit Syrup Recipe

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This Easy Fruit Syrup recipe is the perfect way to add a sweet, fresh pop of flavor to your morning pancakes, waffles, crepes and more! The best part is that this delicious recipe only takes 5 minutes prep time and 4 simple ingredients.

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Fruit syrup poured over pancakes

Simple Berry Syrup

If you’ve never made homemade berry or fruit syrup before, you’re in for a real treat with this recipe. This amazingly easy syrup can be made using any combination of your favorite berries. It’s a sweet, delicious and very versatile syrup that adds a special gourmet touch to your morning pancakes and waffles.

It only takes a few minutes to put together and will taste better than any brand of fruit syrup you can find at the store! Plus, you can use either fresh or frozen berries, making it accessible all year round. If you love simple syrup recipes, you should also check out this Easy Blueberry Syrup and Homemade Strawberry Syrup.

💖 Why We Love this Recipe

Delicious: This is a great recipe you can use to add sweet, fruity flavor to pancakes, biscuits and other baked goods…and it tastes much better than store-bought!

Versatile: It’s so much fun to experiment with different kinds of fruit. You can create new fruit flavors each time you make it.

Simple recipe: With just 4 simple ingredients, you can make your own syrup in a matter of minutes.

🛒 Ingredients 

Pancakes with fruit syrup from above
  • Sugar – we used just regular white sugar, but you can add in a touch of honey if you prefer.
  • Water – start out with cold water
  • Lemon Juice – this adds zesty flavor to the syrup, but it also helps to naturally thicken the sauce.
  • Fresh berries – (or you can use frozen)-you can use any combination of fresh or frozen strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or raspberries.
  • Cornstarch – used as a thickener but this is completely optional

👩🏼‍🍳How to Make this Homemade Syrup Recipe

Ingredients for fruit syrup recipe

Step 1. Add sugar, cold water and lemon juice to a small or medium saucepan.

Step 2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.

Corn starch with water in bowl

Step 3. Add your favorite berries and let boil for about 5 minutes.

Tip: For a thicker syrup, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with just enough cold water for it to dissolve (about two tablespoons), then stir into the mixture as soon as berries begin to soften.

Strawberries and blueberries simmering in pan

Step 4. Allow the warm fruity syrup time to cool for a little bit before serving.

Serve and enjoy!

Fruit syrup being poured over a stack of pancakes

How to Store Homemade Berry Syrup

Refrigerator: Store any remaining syrup in an airtight container, like a glass mason jar or other types of containers with tight-fitting lids. You can store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Freezer: This simple syrup can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just make sure when you transfer it to the airtight container, you leave enough room for it to expand. To thaw, place it in the refrigerator overnight.

To reheat: To serve the syrup warm, transfer it to a small saucepan and reheat on low heat until warmed through.

Pancakes with fruit syrup on white plate

Homemade Fruit Syrup Variations

  • Extracts: Add a whole other layer of flavor by adding in your favorite extract. You can use vanilla extract, almond or even a maple syrup flavored extract. Lemon and orange extract is a great combination with the berries.
  • Sugar: To give the syrup a deeper flavor, you can use brown sugar instead of the granulated sugar. The hint of molasses pairs with the berries really well.  
  • Fresh herbs: Fresh basil works great with the fresh lemon juice in the syrup.
  • Zest: You can also add more citrus flavor to the syrup with fresh orange zest, lemon zest or lime zest.
Pancakes cut and on fork

Delicious Ways to Use Fresh Fruit Syrup

  • The perfect breakfast syrup for pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
  • It makes the perfect topping for ice cream.
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for homemade beignets.
  • Strain out the whole fruits and use the remaining syrup as a base to make homemade salad dressing.
  • It’s a great way to add fruit flavors to a pitcher of homemade lemonade. You can either leave the fruit particles or strain them out with a fine mesh strainer.
  • Use the strained syrup as a cocktail syrup to make all sorts of refreshing fruity cocktails.
  • Freeze it in ice cube trays and use it as fruity ice cubes in tea on a hot summer day.
  • The strained syrup is delicious over homemade snow cones.
Pancakes with fruit syrup with a large piece cut out

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Fruit Syrup Recipe


Course Breakfast, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
This Simple Fruit Syrup is a delicious way to add sweet, fresh fruit flavor to your morning pancakes, waffles, crepes, desserts and more! 

Equipment

  • medium saucepan

Ingredients
 

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup berries fresh or frozen
  • 1 tsp corn starch optional

Instructions

  • Add sugar, cold water and lemon juice to a small or medium saucepan.
    1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add your favorite berries and let boil for about 5 minutes. For a thicker syrup, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with just enough cold water for it to dissolve (about two tablespoons), then stir into the mixture as soon as berries begin to soften.
    1 cup berries, 1 tsp corn starch
  • Allow the warm fruity syrup time to cool for a little bit before serving.

Notes

To save your syrup for later, place it in an airtight container then store for up to a week in the refrigerator or up to three months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.4mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.03mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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