If you have a bumper crop of blackberries, blackberry syrup should be one of your go-to ways to use them! It stores longer than the berries themselves, is easy to make, and has a variety of uses.
How to make blackberry syrup:
It’s a pretty easy process that involves only a few ingredients. I use blackberries I run through a juicer, but you can also get the juice by cooking the berries with a tiny bit of water (just enough to help them start to cook without burning) on the stovetop, then straining. You’ll have seedless, homemade, blackberry syrup in no time!
Once you have the juice on hand, you cook it with sugar to thicken it and extend the shelf life. I use maple syrup, but you can use the same amount of granulated sugar if you want a more traditional taste. For this specific recipe, you can even swap it with a 1:1 ratio. You just cook it down until some of the water evaporates so it thickens into a syrup consistency.
*Optional- If you want the cooking part to go faster or you want a thick syrup, you can add cornstarch. Just dissolve 1 Tablespoon cornstarch into 1 teaspoon of cold water and add it to the hot syrup mixture on the stove and continue cooking. Pretty quickly you’ll see the syrup thicken up and you can remove it from the heat.
After removing it from the heat, I add a few flavor enhancers. Just a touch of lemon or lime juice, a bit of vanilla extract, and a tiny pinch of salt. These are all optional. Traditional fruit syrups just have the fruit and sugar. I like the complexity of flavor I get from my citrus and vanilla.
What to do with blackberry syrup:
So you have this delicious syrup, now what? I’m sure you know you can put it on the traditional things like pancakes, waffles and crepes. But there’s actually a whole slew of ways you can use just about any fruit syrup. Try some of these ideas:
-Spoon it onto ice cream.
-Use it to sweeten and flavor lemonade for a unique and delicious summertime drink.
-Sweeten tea (hot or cold) with it. I live in the south. Sweet tea is a thing. This is southern sweet tea elevated!
-Glaze cheesecakes, chocolate cake, and other desserts with it.
-Dip fruit into it.
-Use it to flavor a margarita, some champagne, or sangria. If this Idea appeals to you, you might like this site that has a BUNCH of cocktail and drink recipes with blackberry syrup.
-Add it to 7up, sparkling water, or club soda for a homemade soda/Italian soda.
-Use it in hot cocoa
-Use it as a snow cone syrup
-Mix it into plain yogurt to make blackberry yogurt or drizzle it over the top of yogurt parfaits.
-Swirl it into oatmeal for a different type of morning wake up.
-Use it in place of regular syrup when you make homemade granola.
-Create a blackberry mocha or use it as a sweetener in your regular coffee (hot or iced). And if you like flavored mochas you might like this recipe for a pomegranate mocha.
-Add it to a marinade. I think it’s especially good with chicken or white fish.
-Mix it into a salad dressing. You probably want to cut out other sweeteners in your recipe if you do this.
-Use it on a poke cake. You know the kind, you bake a cake, poke holes all over it with a skewer, and then pour the syrup over the top so it works down into the cake. This is especially good with the thicker syrup.
-Make a fruited sweet and sour sauce. Replace some of the sweeter liquid in your recipe with the syrup.
-Dribble it over grilled fruit for a healthier dessert.
-Add a bit to whipped cream or cool whip.
Is there something you would do with blackberry syrup that I haven’t listed above? Tell me in the comments! I’d LOVE to know!
If you have even more blackberries you might be interested in this collection of blackberry recipes I found online!
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