Sunday, September 9, 2012

Very Simple Berry Syrup for Waffles and Pancakes

Trevor has been back to school for over a month but I can really tell it is back in session because of his middle school social activities.

  • Friday afternoon - arrived home with 3 friends and they skateboarded, played video games, and were out and out rambunctious.  
  • Friday evening - Those 4 met 16 other friends at Battlefield Knoxville for a few hours of combat gaming.  
  • Friday night - He and a friend spent the night at another friend's house.
  • Saturday Morning - Attended friend's football game.
  • Saturday afternoon - He and a friend went to another friend's house where a bunch of other kids were.  They played rough house type games (tackle tag, etc) outside and then ate a bunch of pizza.
  • Saturday evening - He and a friend spent the night at our house.

So we woke up Sunday morning and wanted to make something easy for breakfast that would fuel the boys' high paced weekend.  I made our usual waffles and this SUPER easy berry syrup.


Very Simple Berry Syrup 
source:  www.nibblemethis.com
yields:  approximately 1 cup

Ingredients
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Place in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat.  Stir occasionally until the sugar is melted, about 10 minutes.
  2. Slowly bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and carefully strain through a sieve into a bowl.  Slightly push down on the pulp in the sieve to get all the juice out.  Discard the pulp.
  4. Strain a second time through cheese cloth.
  5. That's it.  You're done.  You can serve warm or chilled to let it thicken.
Notes
  • We used a cherry, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry blend that resulted in a multifaceted taste that we all found scrumptious.  
Don't skip the second straining.  You want to get all the pits and seeds out.

So easy and completely delicious!

So it is now just afternoon.  Trevor and his friend have gone to another friend's house.  Go go go go.  Red Bull has nothing on teenagers and their energy!

I realize this has nothing to do with BBQ or grilling.  But in a way it does.  I'm roasting a pork loin this afternoon and I'm thinking of using a version of this for a mixed berry pork glaze.  

I hope you all are having a great weekend so far.  

18 comments:

  1. Ok...I wanna know how the berry pork glaze comes out.

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  2. You must be the most organized person I know. To be able to whip up a beautiful breakfast for Trevor/friend and end up with picture perfect waffles and gorgeous syrup. And you even have cheese cloth on hand. Insert "I'm not worthy" bow here. Looks great Chris.

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  3. Teenagers can go, go and go some more-which is a positive and negative for us. Negative for us, only because they can wear us out. I have a teenage son just a little older than Trevor and it is non-stop.

    With that written, love the berry syrup.

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  4. our house is so quiet now with the kids gone, however I get my kid energy fix every day at school, so I'm good.

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  5. This is my favorite ice cream topping and I haven't made it in years! Thanks for the reminder. I bet it was awesome on the waffles.

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  6. Sounds delicious for kids of all ages and the straining makes a big difference.
    Sam

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  7. Simple and perfect.. can't beat that! Reminds me Sunday's when I was a kid.. although my dad would make us pancakes instead of waffles :)

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  8. There's nothing quite like homemade berry sauce! Lucky kid. ;)

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  9. I would save the waffles for a pork loin waffle sandwich later.

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  10. I remember those days of being so busy with friends and social stuff... oh the days! Now I just work and go to school and hope to relax any other time lol. Your berry syrup looks nice. What, you didn't find a way to grill this?!? :)

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  11. That sauce looks delicious!Love homemade syrups!

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  12. this was a good peek into my future in about seven years. i'm excited and scared.

    this looks wonderful! what a way to get through a very busy weekend!

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  13. Pork and berry sounds like a complete package, It's insane the amount of energy kids have, somehow we parents have to keep up with them :)

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  14. Gorgeous!!! Larry's got some serious competition! I say, "throwdown" and he'll say, "throw an egg on top of it"! lol

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  15. Yes, use the syrup for the pork! It would be great as the base for a barbecue sauce too.

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  16. If you could only figure out a way to bottle it!...your son's energy, that is! Oh, and the sauce, too...I made it last night as a glaze for pork chops...it was wonderful! Have a great time in Decatur - I decided to stay home this weekend, the mister flew out by himself, I want him to bring me home some good BBQ sauce...stuff I can't find here - any suggestions?

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  17. Busy boy! I've bookmarked this syrup - my kids would dig it.

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