When I have a birthday or someone in my family does, I love to make a special breakfast. Nothing's better than starting your day with some good eats. My boys just had their third birthday and I wanted to make them French toast, their favorite breakfast food. To shake things up and make it "birthday breakfast special", I made a strawberry syrup to pour over the French toast. I found an easy recipe with four ingredients here and then I got to work. The best part about making the syrup was the scrumptious scent of the strawberries cooking. Before I knew it, the syrup was done. Then I bottled it up to use the next morning for our breakfast. The strawberry syrup was sweet and had the perfect consistency. It went well with the French toast and as I ate mine, I daydreamed all the ways I could use the syrup. Poured over pancakes, waffles, strawberry shortcake, cheesecake......you get the idea.
Fresh Strawberry Syrup
3 cups strawberries, diced
1 cup granulated sugar
2 T. lemon juice
1/4. t. vanilla extract
Combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a gentle simmer until the strawberries are soft and the syrup is thickened and reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 in volume, about fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. Syrup will thicken upon standing so simply whisk in more water to reached consistency if needed.
You can click here for the recipe I use when making French toast.