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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
- Cuisine: Condiments
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 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.
- Take the vanilla bean and slice it down the middle. Scrape out the vanilla beans inside. Stirring, add them to the simple syrup.
- Remove from heat and pour into a separate container to cool. Cool completely. Pour over berries and serve.