We went to visit Grandma and Papa (my mom and dad) last week. The kids love to play at the farm! They dig in the dirt, play with the garden hoses (getting quite soaked in the process), take tractor rides, and have picnics. Better yet, they get to spend tons of time with their cousins. They never want to come home! I enjoy it as well. I can bake as much as I want (or have time to!) and there are plenty of people around to devour whatever concoction I can come up with. My sweets generally don’t even make it through the day, leaving me with no choice but to bake something else the next day!
While there, a very good friend brought me these:
Let the baking ensue!
The first thing I made, after engorging myself on fresh delicious strawberries, was this delightful strawberry syrup. Oh, was it ever good! It was actually a little thinner than I was anticipating but it tasted amazing. So much fresher than anything you could purchase pre-made. The strawberry flavor was outstanding.
We served it over some very yummy Multi-Grain Banana Pancakes (recipe coming soon!)
recipe from Epicurious
Fresh Strawberry Syrup
Bring strawberries, water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt to boil in large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and adjusting heat to prevent mixture from boiling over. Add lemon juice. Pour syrup into a sieve and strain, pressing on solids. Cover and chill syrup.
*This syrup can be made in advance! Keep chilled for up to one week.