My kids love fruit sauces on their pancakes, waffles, and crepes, especially the 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!
How to Make Strawberry-Vanilla Bean Syrup
Split and open the vanilla bean pod down the center lengthwise with a knife. Using the backside of 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.