Fresh & Juicy Strawberry Recipes
Try our fresh and easy ways to celebrate the sweet taste of spring, from sugar-kissed salsa to featherlight muffins and layer cakes. U-pick your favorite!
Though the ginger is optional, it gives these refreshing floats their signature zing. If you can't find sparkling lemonade, substitute fizzy lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
We used a 2 1/2- x 3-inch fluted rectangular cookie cutter to cut the dough for these adorable tarts. You can also cut them by hand or use a round cutter. Serve for breakfast, dessert, or as a sweet snack.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets
Fresh berries topped with a lusicous, velvety cream is the perfect treat after a laid-back dinner party. If you want a smokier flavor use mezcal, which is similar to tequila, in the cream.
- Recipe: Berries with Tequila Cream
This unique grilled dessert is perfect for your next outdoor party. Reviewer moorebells gave this recipe 5-stars stating, "Such a nice, light and beautiful dessert! Working with phyllo can be daunting but this was a snap."
- Recipe: Strawberry Napoleons
There's nothing like homemade ice cream to cool off a warm day! Just combine the ingredients and let your ice cream maker do the hard work. You'll love the end result.
- Recipe: No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream
This delightful spring dessert more than merited running on our April 2010 cover—not just for looks but also for its sweet, summery taste. We couldn’t think of a better way to show off the succulent taste and colorful presentation of strawberries, the South’s most prized spring fruit.
Baking the orange-marmalade-coated shortcake in a tart pan (available for under $15 at most supermarkets) produces a sweet-and-sturdy base for the berries and whipped cream.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Orange Shortcake Tart
Associate Food Editor Mary Allen Perry raved about the blend of flavors and the prettiness of the sliced berries in our Strawberry-Turkey-Brie Panini. “It’s a fresh, warm-weather spin on a Monte Cristo sandwich,” she said. Find it: We use a Krups FDE3 Panini Maker in our Test Kitchen.
Sneak one from the carton, take a bite, and imagine them topping pillow-soft Cornmeal Shortcakes, tossed in a delicate salad paired with cheese and fresh basil, or dipped in a salty-sweet caramel mixture. That’s what our Test Kitchen Professionals did last April while strawberries were at their prime―sweet, luscious, and juicy. Our commitment to testing in season makes it a sure thing you’ll get the same flavor-perfect results this year.
A quick dip in luscious caramel and a salty roll in finely chopped nuts turns fresh strawberries into a gourmet treat. Top picks: A ripe berry will have a shiny, deep red color from the tip of the berry to beneath the green cap. Check the carton from top to bottom for any damaged or moldy fruit—they’ll cause the others to deteriorate quickly.
- Recipe: Salted Caramel Strawberries
Advice from our Test Kitchen: for the smoothest frosting, freeze cake for at least 30 minutes; then frost. Freeze layers right on the wire rack or on a cookie sheet. If you're not using them right away, wrap frozen layers well in plastic wrap.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Sheet Cake
We used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.
Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cake
We used Wilton's nonstick six-cavity Mini Pie Pan. Chill reserved crust rounds while the first batch bakes, and allow the pan to cool completely before beginning the second batch.
Recipe: Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
Celebrate the beginning of spring by sharing this simple yet delightful breakfast with your family. Top French toast with sliced strawberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
This top-rated pie recipe features a unique combination of salty pretzel crust and sweet strawberry ice-cream. Garnish with lime rind curls, fresh whole strawberries and pretzels for a pretty presentation.
Skip those little cups you get from the grocery store and try our simple, Southern shortcake. If you’re pressed for time, you can bake the cakes ahead and freeze them, wrapped in foil and stored in a zip-top plastic bag.
- Recipe: Classic Strawberry Shortcake
Blend buttermilk with your choice of fresh or frozen strawberries to create this creamy springtime treat. This simple recipe only takes 15 minutes to prep before going into the ice cream maker.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Buttermilk Sherbet
This classic French dessert features luscious pastry cream topped with a layer of sweet strawberries. Enhance the flavor of your tart by adding a teaspoon of rose or orange flower water to the cream.
- Recipe: Strawberry Tart
Smooth cream cheese combined with the wonderful flavors of Irish cream liqueur and strawberry preserves are just the beginning of this decadent dessert. Finish by spreading sour cream evenly over the cheesecake and garnishing with whole strawberries.
This quick-to-put together recipe is just as delicious as it looks. Ready-to-eat cheesecake filling saves loads of time, helping you get this dessert on the table in 20 minutes!
- Recipe: Free-Form Strawberry Cheesecake
Stirring in marshmallow creme eliminates the traditional use of raw eggs in this light and luscious treat. Look for soft ladyfingers in the bakery section of the grocery store.
- Recipe: Strawberry Semifreddo Shortcake