Homemade Blackberry Syrup

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I recently bought a carton of blackberries in anticipation of making lots of delicious fruit parfaits with my double coconut granola. Unfortunately for me,  the blackberries were not quite in season yet. Hating to see things go to waste, I decided to make a blackberry syrup. The syrup is perfect for adding a blackberry flavor to a fruit parfait, delicious for drizzling over cheesecake, and even better for making homemade soda. Making this blackberry syrup is incredibly easy, and it can be customized depending on your preference. A few of my favorite ways to switch up the recipe is to add lemon juice, cinnamon, or vanilla extract. I also like to substitute peach juice for water to vary the taste a bit more significantly. None of these combinations overwhelm the syrup, but they do give it a little something special if you are looking to switch things up. 

To make this blackberry syrup, or any berry syrup, follow the following steps. Step One: Gently wash blackberries. Place in a medium sauce pan and cover with one cup of sugar. Allow to sit for one hour, breaking up the fruit with the back of a wooden spoon. Step Two: After an hour, cover berries with one cup of water and bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes, and remember that the syrup will become thicker as it cools. Step Three:  Once the syrup has cooled strain it through a fine mesh sieve. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to one week. 

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When hosting a brunch, fruit & granola parfaits are never a bad idea. I tend to gravitate towards more savory breakfasts, so adding a fruit parfait to the menu gives a bit of sweet note without being overwhelming. When assembling a parfait, I love to use a fruit syrup, like this blackberry syrup, to add an extra flavor element. I alternate between blackberry syrup, yogurt, granola, and fruit. Repeat this process ending with fruit drizzled with blackberry syrup, and you will be sure to impress your guest! I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious blackberry syrup recipe! 

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