These boysenberries called to me from the stand at the downtown market I frequent. "Jennn... JENN! Eat us!" The stand owner was yelling "hey, buy those first!" Whatever.
Once at my home with my boysen-bounty I was faced with a dilemma of choice: what to do with these lush and juicy berries?
Jam? Nah - I have plenty.
Cobbler filling? No - it would only make one.
Boysenberry syrup? Ding ding ding we have a winner!
When I was a kid my dad always made breakfast on Saturday mornings. Sometimes we had bacon and eggs, sometimes muffins, sometimes blueberry pancakes. On days when pancakes were on the menu, boysenberry syrup was usually offered alongside the maple syrup. That thick, sweet, purple sauce was invariably the Smuckers brand.
If you're a beginning canner, this recipe is perfect for you. It's easy, quick, and you really can't mess it up like a jam because you don't have any pectin to manage. Heck, if you ever make a jam that doesn't set, call it a syrup and nobody will be the wiser.
Boysenberry Syrup recipe from FineCooking.com.
- 3 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries will also work), washed and trimmed as needed and halved if large
- 1-2 cups granulated sugar
Clean the saucepan. Measure the juice and then pour it into the saucepan. For every 1/4 cup juice, add 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the syrup is viscous but still runny, about 1 minute. Skim the foam with a spoon and pour the syrup into clean jars.
If you're not canning the syrup, put the jars on a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Syrup that's not hot-water processed (canned) will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
That ruby red is so pretty!