This fresh strawberry topping recipe was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.
As crazy as it sounds, here in Georgia, I am already seeing signs of spring. There are daffodils starting to bloom and the weather some days is already in the 60’s. The south warms up quickly in the spring. As a result, we start seeing Florida produce in our grocery stores by early February. On my last trip, I found Florida strawberries (both organic AND conventionally grown) and decided to make a fresh strawberry topping recipe for cheesecake this weekend. There is nothing more delicious than a fresh strawberry sauce poured over creamy cheesecake or homemade pound cake!
Uses for Fresh Strawberry Topping
This fresh strawberry topping is so much richer and thicker than just letting sliced strawberries sit in sugar for a while. Honestly, this is more like a strawberry glaze with delicious chunks of fresh strawberries in it. You can use this strawberry topping for angle food cake, ice cream, pancakes, waffles, or anything else you want a sweet, fresh strawberry flavor for. This simple, fresh strawberry recipe will keep your family happy through breakfast, lunch and dinner! Here are a few ways to serve your homemade strawberry topping:
- Use on breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, or crepes. Or make breakfast for dinner!
- Serve strawberry sauce on your ice cream
- Use as a cheesecake topping
- Make a strawberry trifle and serve with layers of ladyfinger cookies, whipped cream, fresh berries, etc
- Create a healthy dessert by serving angle food cake with this simple strawberry topping
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Choose Fresh From Florida Strawberries!
Choosing US grown produce is incredibly important to me. While it can be challenging sometimes during the winter, living close to Florida has it’s benefits! Take a minute or two and look at where your food is coming from. Buy US grown when possible and look for the Fresh From Florida label if you want some of the best strawberries around! Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year-round. I found mine in our local Sprouts grocery store but often see them in other major retailers as well. Check out the Fresh From Florida website for more delicious strawberry recipes.
More Strawberry Recipes to Try
Tips for Making Fresh Strawberry Recipes
While we buy frozen strawberries occasionally, I much prefer using fresh strawberries when possible. If you are making fresh strawberry recipes this spring, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Store fresh strawberries in a colander in the refrigerator. This allows the cold air to circulate around them. Do not cover them.
- Remove caps from strawberries only after washing (the caps keep the water from breaking down the texture and flavor inside the strawberries).
- Avoid storing them in the refrigerator’s crisper section. The increased humidity speeds up the growth of mold on strawberries.
- When you are ready to use your fresh strawberries, just remove the cap, rinse in cold water, and slice.
How to Make this Strawberry Dessert Topping Recipe
There are a few things that make this fresh strawberry topping recipe a step above all the rest. Fresh lemon juice helps bring out the bright flavors of the Florida strawberries. I chose to use vanilla bean paste rather than plain vanilla extract because it has such a nice bold, flavor. And adding a couple tablespoons of butter right at the end gives the strawberry glaze a rich mouth feel.
There is seriously nothing as delicious as strawberries for cheesecake toppings! And making this strawberry dessert topping with simple ingredients like Florida strawberries and real cane sugar makes the flavor and color really stand out. I highly encourage you to head out and find some Florida strawberries. Then, whip up a batch of this fresh strawberry topping recipe and indulge yourself!
Homemade Strawberry Dessert Topping Recipe
- 3 cups quartered strawberries (about 1 quart)
- 1 1/2 cups cane sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 to 3 additional cups of quartered strawberries
- In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups quartered strawberries, water, and sugar.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat slightly.
- Mash strawberries slightly with potato masher to bring out juices
- Add lemon juice and vanilla. Stir.
- Combine corn starch and water in small bowl. Stir til smooth. Drizzle into simmering strawberry sauce. Stir 3 to 4 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until melted.
- Add in remaining quartered strawberries and stir.
- Chill for several hours before serving.
- Serve over cheesecake, ice cream, pancakes, etc.
Serving Size:1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information not always accurate
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.