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Flavoured syrup

Turn fresh summer berries into a chic, but simple dessert with a flavoured syrup

  • Prep: 5 mins
    Ready in 5 mins, not incl syrup, plus steeping
  • Makes enough for 500g/1lb 2oz fruit
  • Easy
  • Makes enough for 500g/1lb 2oz fruit
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • 250ml boiling water
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • handful fresh basil sprigs (including stalks)
  • 1 lemongrass stalk and 2 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 vanilla pod and 2 strips of lemon zest

Method

  1. Stir the boiling water and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Add your choice of flavourings and leave until cool. To keep syrup for 2-3 days, pour into jars and chill. Remove herbs before using.

  2. To use syrup, pour over summer berries, stir to mix, then leave to steep for about 30 mins before serving.