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Florida Fruit Recipe

Blueberry Syrup

Fruit-5019
Ingredients  
4 cups blueberries, stemmed, rinsed and drained
3 cups water
2 strips lemon peel
3 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean
  orange juice or lime juice to taste
 
Preparation
Pour the blueberries into a saucepan and crush them with a wooden spoon until most of the skins are broken. Add 1 cup of water and strips of lemon peel and bring to a simmer. Turn heat down to low and cook the berries for 5 minutes until just under a simmer. Pour the hot berries into a strainer lined with two layers of cheesecloth and let the blueberry juice drip through. Twist the cloth to extract all the juice. There will be approximately 2 cups. Discard the berry pulp. Combine the remaining 2 cups water with the sugar and vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Wipe the insides of the pan with a wet pastry brush. Then boil the syrup, without stirring, until it reaches 260 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Add the blueberry syrup to the sugar syrup and bring the mixture to boil. Boil for 1 minute. Let the syrup cool, add orange juice or lime juice to taste.

Yield:
1 quart

Nutritional Value Per Serving
Calories 168, Fat 0g, Carbohydrates 43g, Protein 0g

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