We've rounded up some of our favourite ways to use up a punnet of strawberries, with strawberry recipes including breakfast ideas, ice cream, cakes and puds...
20 ways with strawberries
There’s something really exciting about strawberry season (May-late August). British strawberries in the shops mean summer’s finally here and it’s time for picnics, lazy evenings eating outside, and lots of lovely summer puddings.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite ways to use up a punnet of strawberries, including healthy breakfast ideas, impressive puds, drinks, homemade jam and lots of cakes and bakes. There’s even a couple of savoury dishes in there, too.
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Packed with antioxidants like Vitamin C, strawberries are a great way to kick start your day. Have them fresh on cereal or make a quick compote with strawbs, redcurrants and raspberries to serve on porridge.
Get the recipe: Berry blast porridge
Crisp meringues and juicy strawberries are the perfect match. Eton Mess and pavlovas are two of our go-to summer puds made with meringue, or try these simple but impressive soft meringues on a strawberry coulis.
Strawberries have a fairly low pectin content meaning that they make a softer jam than other fruits. Using jam sugar, which has added pectin, will make it the perfect consistency to spread on hot buttered toast or to pile onto scones.
Strawberries are a surprising but delicious addition to many salads, like this fancy tuna number. The sweetness of the strawbs is balanced out by the meaty tuna and sharpness of the lime and olive oil dressing.
Get the recipe: Tuna and strawberry salad
Pavlovas make a showstopping dessert at family gatherings and they don’t have to look perfect either – a few cracks in the meringue are all part of the charm! Pile your pav high with lots of whipped cream, strawbs and diced kiwi fruit.
Get the recipe: Strawberry and kiwi pavlova
We think it’s time that old-fashioned buns had a revival. These airy homemade treats are filled with custard (call it creme patisserie if you want to sound pro!) and slices of juicy strawberries.
Get the recipe: Strawberry buns with custard
Grab some strawberries, lemon and sugar, boil some water in the kettle, and you’ve got all the ingredients you need to make this refreshing strawberryade. It also makes delicious lollies – just freeze the drink in lolly moulds.
Get the recipe: Strawberryade
Fold strawberry pieces into your cake batter for a fruity twist on a classic sponge. Our strawberry cake is perfect for picnics or for serving as pud with a dollop of whipped cream.
We love a coffee tiramisu, but sometimes it’s fun to ring the changes. Our summer fruit tiramisu is made with layers of sponge fingers, fresh berries, mascarpone and the all-important boozy element – dessert wine.
Get the recipe: Summer fruit tiramisu
Got a party or cake sale to bake for? Instead of whisking up a Victoria sponge, why not try making a large strawberry shortbread instead? The crisp bottom layer is topped with whipped cream, then finished with shortbread fans and sliced strawberries. So impressive!
Get the recipe: Strawberry shortbreads
Make your own retro ice lollies with our easy recipe. All you need is some strawberries, condensed milk and cranberry juice – plus the patience to wait for them to chill for 4 hours in the freezer!
Yes, that’s right – strawberries in a soup! No, we haven’t gone mad – the berries work really well with the red pepper and cucumber in this twist on the classic chilled Spanish soup.
Get the recipe: Strawberry gazpacho
Instead of popping to the corner shop for a milkshake, have a go at making your own. The kids can help by scooping the ice cream and making strawberry ripples, just keep them well away from the blender and its sharp blades.
Eton mess is the ultimate summer dessert – it’s quick to prepare and packed full of in-season strawberries. Use store-bought meringues to save time, or homemade if you want to impress.
These posh puds are a twist on the French favourite tarte tatin, which is normally made with apples. They may look restaurant-worthy but are actually a doddle to make following our recipe.
Get the recipe: Strawberry tarte tatins
Lactose-intolerant friends or family members will love you forever if you make them a batch of these strawberry cupcakes. They taste just like the real deal, but are made with lactose-free milk and yogurt.
Great news – these tempting little cheesecakes are low-fat! Our strawberry cheesecake pots are made with fat-free Greek yogurt and light cream cheese, and topped with strawberry jam and fresh strawberries.
Trifle is the perfect make-ahead dessert. Set the jelly in the fridge, then add the custard and cream layers just before serving. Our mini fruit trifles are garnished with red, white and blue sprinkles for a colourful finish.
Is there anything on earth more delicious than a chocolate-dipped strawberry? How about a chocolate-dipped strawberry on top of buttery shortbread, sandwiched with cream and more berries? Yes, that’ll do it.
Hidden between that mountain of juicy strawberries and the crisp pastry is a secret white chocolate layer. Save time by using a ready-made shortcrust pastry shell.
Get the recipe: Strawberry and white chocolate tart
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