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Naturally Sweetened Simple Syrup and Fruit Spread

Naturally Sweetened Simple Syrup

  • 4 Cups Fruit

  • 1 Cup Water

  • 1 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup

  1. Bring water and fruit to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

  3. Cool for 30 minutes. This is important because we don't want to cook our raw honey.

  4. Stir in honey and mix well.

  5. Pour through a fine mesh sieve. You will need to patiently stir mixture with a rubber scraper.

  6. Save pulp as a fruit spread. Use to top pancakes, waffles, yogurt, hot breakfast cereal etc. You could also put it in a smoothie.

  7. Store both the simple syrup and fruit spread in the fridge.


  • Harder fruit such as rhubarb will take longer to cook; closer to 30 minutes. Softer fruit like berries will be done in 20 minutes.

  • Rhubarb and many other fruit pulps work well for a fruit spread after making simple syrup. However, berries do not, because the pulp left is mostly seeds. However, I have combined just a small amount of berry pulp with the rhubarb pulp and it worked really well. It gave the pale rhubarb pulp a little pink color which was nice.

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