IHOP Strawberry Sauce

3 cups strawberries, diced
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Lower heat to a gentle simmer until the strawberries are soft and the syrup is thickened and reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 in volume,
approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Syrup will thicken upon standing so simply whisk in water to reached desired consistency if needed.

For chunkier syrup, dice strawberries larger (as in pictures) OR for smoother syrup, dice strawberries smaller.

You can customize the thickness/consistency of your Strawberry Syrup by simmering longer for thicker Syrup/Sauce or for thinner Syrup, simmer less time or stir in water at the end of thickening.