Strawberries with chilli, in a Yorkshire pudding or simply covered in chocolate. Foodie Jacqueline Meldrum has selected 10 of her favourite strawberry recipes. What's your favourite?
This is my favourite time of year. Sunshine, heat and berries.
That’s a bit optimistic isn’t it? The sunshine’s mixed with lots of rain and the heat teases us then disappears again. I haven’t even unpacked my sandals yet.
The one thing we can rely on is British berry season. Gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. I love them all, but strawberries are my personal favourite. It feels like I’m eating my body weight in them at the moment. They’re so good.
So far I’ve been eating them out of the punnet, but I thought it was time to start doing more with them, so I’ve been gathering recipes.
10 of my favourite strawberry recipes:
Chilli Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
A delicious thick smoothie with a kick of chilli. This one’s made with frozen strawberries, which it gives it the thick ice cream like texture, but it would be wonderful with fresh strawberries too.
Get the recipe here: Wholeheartedly Healthy
Extra Fruity Strawberry Jam Tarts
I do like jam tarts and these are extra special. They start with a base of strawberry jam and are topped with apple slices and fresh strawberries before they’re baked until golden. Easy and delicious.
Get the recipe here: Eats Amazing
Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are really big in the US, but you don’t hear about them so much here. Basically you mix oats with Greek yoghurt and fruit, leave it in the fridge overnight and enjoy it in the morning either hot or cold. All the flavours develop nicely and the oats are beautifully soft. It’s more like a dessert, but healthy and filling. This one’s made with strawberries and strawberry jam and tastes fabulous.
Get the recipe here: My Fussy Eater
There’s something so summery about homemade lemonade. It tastes so much nicer than shop-bought lemonade and has none of the hidden nasties. This one’s taken to a whole new level with the addition of fresh strawberries. So refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
Get the recipe here: Simply Food
Very Berry Fruit Leather
You may have seen this in the shops before but didn’t realise you could make your own. It’s a great energy snack if you are out walking. It’s made with fresh fruit, a little lemon juice and honey, so it’s a healthy snack too. This fruit leather was made with strawberries and blueberries and left to bake at a low temperature overnight, so it was ready to cut and roll up the next morning.
Get the recipe here: Cakeyboi
Strawberry Chocolate Cake with Rose Tea Ganache
Doesn’t that look decadent? Chocolate cake made with strawberry jam and Turkish delight, topped with rose and tea flavoured chocolate ganache and finished with chocolate dipped strawberries.
Get the recipe here: Maison Cupcake
Strawberry and Rose Cheesecake Pots
Another recipe teaming strawberry and rose flavours. This time a simple dessert layered in glasses like a cheesecake. A biscuit base topped with a fresh strawberry mousse, this is a great last minute dessert you can make and pop in the fridge while dinner is cooking.
Get the recipe here: Fuss Free Flavours
Sweet Spinach Yorkshire Puddings with Roasted Black Pepper Strawberries and Sweetened Yoghurt
Looking for something a bit different? This is it. Sweet Yorkshire puddings, with a tinge of green from spinach filled with roast strawberries and yoghurt. They’ll certainly wow your guests.
Get the recipe here: Veggie Desserts
Sichuan Chocolate Strawberries
Strawberries dipped in chocolate. Oh yes! Such a tempting treat and so simple. Finished off with a sprinkle of Sichuan pepper to bring out the flavour of the strawberries. Sichuan pepper is actually not pepper, but a dried reddish brown berry. It has a peppery taste and a lemon-like smell. It’s works really well with strawberries.
Get the recipe here: Food to Glow
Strawberry Summer Sip Cocktail
Let’s finish with a cocktail. This summery cocktail can be made for one or scaled up to a jug to share with friends. Fresh strawberries and white wine are the base of this easy cocktail.
Get the recipe here: Tinned Tomatoes
Jacqueline Meldrum is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Jacqueline blogs at Tinned Tomatoes.