Learn how to make delicious Blackberry Pancake Syrup with fresh or frozen blackberries. Easy to make, and it’s yummy on waffles and ice cream, too!
I love pancakes. I can’t help myself… they bring back so many memories of my childhood. Usually we eat our pancakes the traditional way- with maple syrup… BUT it is so awesome to make a batch of homemade blackberry pancake syrup for an occasional treat!
In our little corner of Oregon, blackberries grow wild just about everywhere you turn during the heat of summer! We have several vines that grown up and over our back fence (from the neighborhood park), so I can get all the free blackberries I want! I can even store them in our freezer to use later in the year. WhooHoo!
Blackberry pancake syrup is one of the treats I can make with fresh (or frozen) blackberries, and it is really tasty! Other foods I have made with my treasure trove of blackberries are muffins, blackberry jam, crisps, handpies, scones, soda, and bar cookies, etc. Today I want to show you how to make blackberry pancake syrup using only a few ingredients. Here’s how:
NOTE: The recipe (as written) will yield about 3 cups syrup. My photos reflect a doubled recipe. I also used frozen blackberries when I photographed this blog post.
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How To Make Blackberry Pancake Syrup
Place blackberries, granulated sugar and water in a large pot (see NOTE section of printable recipe for details regarding using frozen berries). **Not sure why these turned out looking so red under the lights, but yep… they REALLY are blackberries that had been frozen**. Stir the mixture well, and turn the heat to medium-high. Bring the berries to a FULL BOIL, then reduce the heat to Low. Let the berries and liquid simmer 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove the pot from the heat.
Mash the berries really well. You can use a potato masher, the back of a large spoon, or a fork to do this. I vote for the potato masher, if you have access to one (quicker). Once mashed, let the berry mixture cool (off the heat) for 20-25 minutes.
Strain Berries to Remove The Seeds
This step can be a bit time-consuming, but it will be worth it in the end, because it will remove almost all the seeds from your pancake syrup. First, place a large bowl on the counter, and place a wire sieve over it. Transfer a cup or two of the berry/juice mixture to the strainer.
Using the back of a large spoon, firmly press the “syrupy” blackberry puree into the sieve. The juice for the syrup will drip through into the bowl below. Continue pressing until almost all of the juice and puree have been filtered through the sieve. Just keep on pressing!
Be sure to take a spoon and remove all the thick blackberry puree clinging to the underside bottom of the sieve and add it to the juices in the bowl. This thick puree is what will help thicken the syrup, so it is GOLD! Discard the seeds that remain inside of the sieve, then give the sieve a quick rinse. Process the next bit of berries and juice, continuing until all have been processed in this way.
Continue to repeat this process until all the berries and juice have been “processed” this way. The blackberry pancake syrup that is in the bowl is what you will use. Your syrup may vary in thickness consistency, depending on whether you use frozen (tends to be thinner) or fresh blackberries, but there are ways to thicken it more, if necessary. See below.
Tips for Thickening Syrup
TIP: Do you want the syrup thicker? Here are two options: I have heard from others that if you want the finished syrup to be thicker in consistency, you can add 1/2 cup of light corn syrup to the blackberry syrup and stir to combine (after seeds have been removed). You can also cook the syrup again for 2-3 minutes more at this point to reduce the volume (and thicken it more). Your choice, if you think it’s necessary (usually it’s not), but it’s good to have options, right?
Time to Enjoy Homemade Blackberry Pancake Syrup!
Pour the finished blackberry syrup into the container of your choice. I like to use a clean, empty old pancake syrup bottle for this purpose, but you can use whatever you have available (with a lid, of course).
Because I doubled this recipe it made enough to fill a standard sized pancake syrup bottle, plus an “almost full” quart jar. Be sure to store the blackberry pancake syrup in the refrigerator when not using. TIP: You can also store extra blackberry pancake syrup in the freezer to use at a later date. Thaw and reheat to use.
Serve blackberry pancake syrup warm or at room temperature on your favorite stack of pancakes! Enjoy this delicious treat- it’s a nice reminder year-round of summer’s bountiful blackberry harvest! It’s also yummy on ice cream, pound cake, cheesecake or other desserts! I even used it on my Triple Berry French Toast Cups (3rd photo below). YUM!
I hope you have the opportunity to make this delicious blackberry pancake syrup. It’s really quite delicious, and it’s a very versatile syrup to have in the refrigerator for a number of desserts, too. Thanks for stopping by, and I sincerely hope you will come back soon.
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Learn how to make delicious Blackberry Pancake Syrup with fresh or frozen blackberries. Easy to make- yummy on waffles and ice cream, too!
- 2½ cups water
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
Place blackberries, sugar and water in a large pot. Stir well; turn heat to medium-high. Bring berries to a FULL BOIL; reduce heat to Low. Let berries simmer 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat. Mash the berries with potato masher, back of a large spoon, or fork. Once mashed, let berry mixture cool 20-25 minutes.
Strain syrup from berry mixture: Place a wire sieve on top of a large bowl. Transfer 1-2 cups of berry/juice mixture into sieve. Using the back of a large spoon, firmly press blackberries and juice into sieve. The juice will drip through sieve into bowl below; seeds will remain in sieve. Continue pressing until almost all juice and puree have been filtered through sieve. Use a spoon to remove blackberry puree clinging to underside of sieve; add to juice in bowl. This puree will help thicken syrup.
Discard seeds in sieve; give sieve a quick rinse. Repeat process until all berries and juice have been filtered through sieve. Pour syrup from bowl into container of your choice. Store (covered) in refrigerator. Serve blackberry pancake syrup warm (or at room temperature) on your favorite stack of pancakes! **Also good on ice cream, cheesecake, or other desserts.
NOTE: You can store extra syrup in freezer to use at a later date. Thaw and reheat to use.
If you feel your syrup is too thin (especially if you used frozen berries), you can cook the syrup for a few minutes after straining out seeds. This will reduce the volume slightly, but will help to thicken the syrup. Other people suggest adding 1/2 cup light corn syrup to thicken the finished syrup. Not really necessary, but it is another option.
Caloric calculation made using 1/4 cup serving size out of approximately 3 cups total syrup.
Original recipe source: biscuitsandburlap.com/blackberry-syrup/
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