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Simple Homemade Blueberry Syrup Recipe

When I think of the smell of breakfast, pancakes with syrup are the first things that come to mind. I love pancakes and I love blueberries. Funny enough though, I don’t like blueberry pancakes. I think adding fruit to pancakes makes them soggy and undercooked, rather than fluffy and delicious.

What I do love though is blueberry maple syrup. So really, the best way to incorporate blueberries into the all-American breakfast is in the syrup.    

What is Blueberry Syrup?

Blueberry syrup is a simple concoction of maple syrup and blueberries. It is often served with pancakes, waffles, crepes, or other breakfast foods. 

Homemade blueberry syrup recipe in a clear bowl

Our Approach to Blueberry Maple Syrup

When developing this recipe, I wanted to keep this really simple and easy. We are going to use just two ingredients in our base and the application of heat to bring everything together. 

This recipe also stands up very well to temperature variations, cooktime, and can sit out for a while if you need to cook it ahead of time.  

What Makes a Good Blueberry Maple Syrup

When it comes to blueberry maple syrup, we’re going to want to concentrate the flavors. Blueberries are not the most flavorful fruit, and we are going to want to smell and taste the blueberry in our breakfast. 

The Challenge with Blueberry Recipes

Anything with blueberries comes with the inherent risk of diluting the flavor. This is because blueberries have a bunch of water in them.  

Our Solution to Dilution

You do not put syrup on pancakes to make them soggy. Soggy pancakes are bad. You want flavor and texture from the syrup and to do that, we do not want to add water. 

Blueberries and maple syrup in separate bowls

Luckily, our Beginner Food readers will know exactly what to do! Cook down the water to reduce it and concentrate the flavor. 

Yes, by simply applying heat to our blueberries and syrup, we will not only incorporate the flavors better, we will eliminate any dilution of flavor. As an added bonus, warm maple syrup keeps your pancakes warm. 

Flavorful Additions

Because of the simplicity of this recipe, it is really easy to add some additional flavor components to tune the product to your liking. I personally think ginger powder or fresh ginger is a great way to give some spice to your syrup. 

Another very common addition would be orange or lemon zest. Both go very well with blueberries and will permeate into your syrup when heated.   

What Pairs with Blueberry Maple Syrup?

We enjoy this blueberry syrup with all the breakfast staples: pancakes, dutch babies, waffles, crepes, and of course, french toast. Top it with a little powdered sugar and you are set!

Maple syrup being poured in blueberry mixture while being cooked in a saucepan

Tools Required

To make this recipe you just need a pot or saucepan and a spoon. 

Homemade blueberry syrup recipe in a clear bowl

Blueberry Syrup

Yield: 4 Servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup syrup

Instructions

  1. Wash the blueberries
  2. Add the blueberries to a saucepan over medium-low heat
  3. Macerate the blueberries with a wood spoon 
  4. Add syrup to the saucepan
  5. Add any options flavorings (ginger, lemon zest, etc) 
  6. Heat for 10 minutes
  7. Serve warm but can be set to side and served at room temperature