Strawberry Vanilla Syrup

Wauw, I just had the busiest week(end) I've had in quite a while. Now its all over and I nearly forgot it's Monday: time for a new recipe! Then I figured I have so many things I want to share I really don't know where to start. I'm going to settle for Strawberry Vanilla Syrup. I've made Lemonde and Lemon Syrup before (perhaps I'll share a recipe soon, but really anyone can do this), but I've never heard of making strawberry syrup yourself, so when I found the recipe I HAD to try it out. And the result was amazing! So here we go:

Strawberry Vanilla Syrup
Yields 1 large bottle (750ml) - adapted from À La Mère de Famille

500 grams strawberries
450 grams sugar
1/2 vanilla bean

1. Wash the strawberries and cut the leaves off. Purree them in a blender.
2. Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds. Add the vanilla with the sugar to the blender and pulse a few times. Add the vanilla pods, cover with plastic wrap or a lid and leave in the fridge overnight.
3. Fish the vanilla pods out of your syrup and pour the Strawberry Vanilla Syrup into a pan. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. When the mixture boils at the sides, leave to boil for about 5 minutes, only stirring and scraping the sides to make sure the syrup doesn't burn.
4. In the meanwhile clean your large bottle -or several small ones. Once the syrup has boiled for 5 minutes, pour it into the bottle using a funnel to make things easier.
5. Keep in the Strawberry Vanilla Syrup in the fridge. I like to use 1 part syrup with 2-3 parts water. Enjoy!

Just reading the recipe again made me reach out for another glass. I love strawberries with a bit of sugar on top and this is that very thing but then in a drink! Really, you've got to try this. You'll only be missing the whipped cream. And the vanilla adds so much here.

Actually, now I want to share the Lemonade Syrup and Mint Syrup with you as well. The recipes are a bit different,but for now you'll have to do with the knowledge that you can make a whole lot of syrups with this one recipe. Like.. Raspberry Syrup, or Blueberry Syrup, oh and Cranberry Syrup! It might even work with Banana's. Do you think it would?