My kids love fruit sauces on their pancakes, waffles, and crepes, especially strawberry sauce. We have a huge strawberry patch in our garden and we are overflowing with strawberries. My son picked a bowl of berries for me and I decided to try my hand at making strawberry syrup with vanilla bean. I let it simmer slowly then strained it through a fine sieve. My kids think it’s excellent and drizzled it all over their waffles the following morning. I love that this syrup has four ingredients and was so easy to make… I won’t be buying fruit syrups anymore!
Split and open the vanilla bean pod down the center lengthwise with a knife. Using the same knife, scrape the seeds out.
Add the water, sugar, and vanilla bean pod scrapings into a large saucepan over medium low heat. Stir to combine. Clean and hull your strawberries then slice in half. Add the strawberries to the sugar water and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit until cool. Pour the mixture through a very fine strainer and mash the berries against the strainer with a spoon to get every little bit of juice out of them; discard the pulp. Pour the sauce into a serving container and enjoy on pancakes, French toast, waffles, crepes, or add to sparkling water. Store the remaining syrup in an air tight container in the refrigerator.