Fresh Berries and Vanilla Bean Syrup

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 Whew!  The heat is on, isn’t it?  If it didn’t feel like summer before, mother nature has certainly given us a hefty does of hot days to make sure we knew summer was really upon us.

When the temperatures climb, the last thing I feel like doing is heating up the house to cook.  Our meals become simple sandwiches, salads and one bowl pasta dishes that require very little preparation.

Still, I love a good dessert as much as the next person and sometimes you just need a little something sweet.

Seasonal berries and stone fruits are just the solution.  Add a drizzle of golden syrup, flecked with vanilla beans, and you have just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth.




This vanilla bean syrup comes together quickly with only 3 ingredients, but needs time to cool before pouring over the berries.  The red of the raspberries and strawberries, along with gorgeous blueberries make this a festive treat to take along for your Fourth of July celebrations.

Fresh Berries and Vanilla Bean Syrup

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Condiments


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean


  1. In a small saucepan combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering until sugar is dissolved, creating a simple syrup.
  2. Take the vanilla bean and slice it down the middle. Scrape out the vanilla beans inside. Stirring, add them to the simple syrup.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a separate container to cool. Cool completely. Pour over berries and serve.


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About Alison Bickel

Alison lives in the heart of the mid-west where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. On her blog, ‘this homemade life’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for homemade food and obsession with farmer’s markets.