Fresh Strawberry Blackberry Syrup

I'm so encouraged about Meatless Monday. I've discovered that my family is on board!! Since I do the majority of the cooking, if I cook meatless, that's what we eat. But, there is still meat in the house and someone could choose to make themselves something other than what I'm cooking. I had decided not to be demanding about this, but also only provide a meatless cooked meal.

Tonight, we had pancakes with fresh fruit syrup. Richard makes the pancakes when we have them. He doesn't use a recipe, he has it memorized. They are delightfully light and delicious. I had some lettuce salad that needed to be eaten so we also each had a bowl of that. Not a great combination, but good just the same! When our son saw what we were having he turned his nose up and said "Pancakes? with no MEAT?" I told him there was some turkey bacon in the fridge and he could cook it for himself if he wanted. As soon as I said that my husband piped up and said "NO! It's MEATLESS MONDAY!...NO MEAT!!"

Cole made no arguments and ate his pancakes. I was so happy with how this situation resolved itself!

This afternoon I made a cherry pie for dessert. I wouldn't consider this my most elegant meal, but each item, on it's own, is delicious! I just had to remind myself for the reason behind going meatless on mondays.
Fresh Fruit Syrup
Just cut up your choice of fresh fruit and simmer slowly
in water and sugar until it thickens a bit.
2 c. white flour
1/4 c. corn meal
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. sugar(white or brown or combo)
1/3 c. oil
1 egg
Add milk to make batter consistency


  1. Teresa, those pancakes look absolutely amazing!

    How much sugar would you use to make the fruit syrup? Also, do you think it would work with something like orange slices? papaya? mangoes? kiwi?

    Just curious. :)

  2. Lydia,

    The pancakes really a delicious. They're very light...just don't over mix them.

    For the syrup. I used just what I thought tasted right. I had about 2 cups of berries and used maybe, 1 c. water. I'm estimating all of this, and think the sugar amounted to around 1/3 c. It wasn't terribly sweet. I don't like really sweet tastes I'd prefer a bit of tang.
    I think you could absolutely use other fruits. Your suggestions were good. It was the first time I used fruit like that and Ricahrd loved it. I'm going to be experimenting with it. It was probably the first time I thouroughly enjoyed eating pancakes..they're not my favorites, but the fruit really made a difference. I love mangoes and kiwi and think orange or citrus in there would be good too. Let me know if you give it a try!