Summer brings an abundance of fresh produce, one of which is the small, delicious, and classy strawberry. Strawberries are ideal for sweetening celebrations, and they are best when in season. So this summer, ensure you take advantage of these yummy treats by incorporating them into your desserts.
It can be tough to get creative when incorporating strawberries into your desserts. Plus, some recipes call for lengthy processes and a lot of ingredients. You may even opt to eat them as they are instead of going through this process.
But do not give up just yet because the information below presents a range of strawberry desserts you can make easily at home, this summer, or any other time of the year you can find ripe fresh strawberries. You will soon learn that strawberries can pair well with almost anything.
Best Strawberry Desserts To Make
Simple chocolate-covered strawberries
You could start with the simple, chocolate-covered strawberry. Get melted white or dark chocolate and dip whole strawberries, then let them rest on parchment to dry.
To take them up a notch, sprinkle crushed nuts before the chocolate melts. Or you could make a bigger treat by submerging whole strawberries in ice cube trays with melted chocolate and then sprinkling crushed nuts.
You can get a simple cheesecake, then use strawberries to improve the flavor and make it sensational. Just crush strawberries and heat them with freshly-squeezed lemon juice to make a thick spread. You can drizzle on the cheesecake once it cools. Then add chopped strawberries on top to further richen the strawberry flavor. It is a great way to improve a store-bought cheesecake.
Strawberry milkshakes are the perfect dessert drink for people who love fresh strawberries but cannot get behind strawberry ice cream. Freeze sliced strawberries, add them to your blender with milk and blend till smooth.
After, add classic vanilla-bean ice cream and blend until smooth. You can add milk to get the desired consistency. Then, serve the chilled milkshake with whipped cream topped with fresh strawberries.
Strawberry cake pops
The strawberry cake pop is a smart way to utilize leftover plain cake. Crumble the cake and use cream cheese to bind it. Then flatten some cake, placing a whole strawberry in the middle and covering it with cake to form a ball.
Place the balls in the fridge to chill before inserting popsicle sticks into one end. Let them chill in the refrigerator while you melt dark or white chocolate. Now, dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate, completely covering them. Place the chocolate-covered cake pops on parchment to dry and garnish with finely chopped strawberries or dried ground strawberries.
Strawberry icebox cake
Making strawberry cake can take a lot of time, plus you would rather enjoy the strawberries fresh. That is where the icebox cake comes in. For this no-bake cake, you will need gram crackers, whipped cream, and strawberries.
Layer the gram crackers in a tin you can place in the freezer. Then spread a thick layer of whipped cream followed by chopped strawberries. Repeat this in layers until the container is full. Now, place your cake into the fridge and let it sit for a couple of hours. Take it out and serve with chocolate syrup or strawberry drizzle.
Strawberry ice cream sandwiches
These sandwiches should be a delight if you like cookies and ice cream. Get a few well-baked cookies. They can be plain, chocolate chip, or any other flavor of your liking. Take a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream and place it on the flat side of the cookie.
Poke some chopped strawberries into the ice cream, then cover it with another cookie. Place the sandwiches into the fridge while you melt dark chocolate. Then take them out, roll the exposed ice cream ends in the chocolate, and let it dry before serving.
Strawberry creamy pops
The creamy strawberry pops are healthy but tasty desserts you can prepare for a hot summer day. Crush some strawberries with syrup to form a puree. Mix this into plain yogurt or a flavored version of your choice– mixed berry is a great choice.
Then place the mixture into a bowl and add chopped strawberries, mixing well with a spatula. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and add the sticks. Let them sit in the freezer until frozen, and you will have yummy creamy pops. You can also subtitle yogurt with cream.
Strawberry lemonade pops
This is a lighter juicer version of the creamy pops where you will use lemonade as your base. Make the puree with lemon juice or syrup, then mix it into lemonade. Then add chopped strawberries, and you can also add fresh thyme to the mix before placing it in popsicle molds. The result should be a juicy popsicle with fresh strawberries, ideal for hot summer days.
Strawberry marshmallows are a fun camping treat similar to s’mores, only without the chocolate and crackers. Melt the marshmallow a little, then sink a whole strawberry in the melted part. Let them fuse completely before toasting the other end of the marshmallow for a sweet treat. You can also stick to the s’more by adding chocolate and crackers to this delightful treat.
Strawberry cream cheese crepes
The strawberry cream cheese crepes are a fun way to make your crepes even tastier. Whether you get store-bought ones, or make them yourself, ensure they are plain. This way, you can spread cream cheese, chopped strawberries, and a chocolate drizzle before eating them. You can also spread these items and stack them to form a delicious strawberry crepe cake.
Strawberry chocolate mousse cups
The strawberry mousse cups are a simple dessert to curb your sweet tooth. Cover cupcake liners with chocolate and let them harden to form a chocolate cup. Then fill the cup with light, airy mousse before adding sliced strawberries to serve.
Strawberry shot cups
And lastly, while this may not count as dessert, it is a treat for adults. Take some strawberries and hollow them to form little cups. Then place them in the freezer and take them when ready to serve some shots. Use the strawberries as shot cups to take dry or complement your cocktails. And you can eat the cups too!