Strawberries and cream is synonymous with Wimbledon and the tradition of eating them during this sporting event is almost as old as the tournament itself.

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In the 19th century when the tradition first started, the seasonal availability of strawberries perfectly aligned with the dates of Wimbledon. Although it's now possible to eat most fruit and veg out of season, British strawberries are at their peak in June and July which is exactly when the championships take place.

Before fridges were widely available, eating fresh fruit was seen as a sign of luxury and prosperity, and so the tradition took hold. Approximately 28,000 kilograms of strawberries are enjoyed each year, topped with 7,000 litres of cream during the two week duration of the championships. The price has been set at £2.50 for a portion which hasn't changed since 2010 and you can even get a plant-based version with vegan cream too.

Try our top twists on the quintessentially British treat in cream-laden desserts, statuesque layer cakes and seasonal puddings. Craving more of the red berry goodness? Try our strawberry recipes, healthy strawberry recipes and strawberry cake recipes. Now find out the health benefits of strawberries and then try our recipes to eat while watching Wimbledon and even more Wimbledon recipes.

1. Strawberries & cream slice

Strawberries & cream slice

Buttery shortbread makes the perfect base for topping with a creamy vanilla custard layer and sliced fresh strawberries. The shiny layered strawberry topping gives it an air of French patisserie chic, but it's really very easy to put together.

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2. Victoria sponge loaf cake

Loaf cake filled with piped cream and fresh strawberries on top

A stunning dessert or afternoon tea treat, this recipe encapsulates the flavours of Wimbledon in a simple yet effective layer cake. The piped cream and fresh strawberry drizzle make it a show-stopping treat for a special occasion. Discover more loaf cake recipes.

3. Strawberry cheesecake Eton mess

Glass with strawberry cheesecake and eton mess

This no-cook winner brings together the greatest components of two iconic desserts - strawberry cheesecake and Eton mess - for a dinner-party worthy pud that only takes 20 minutes to put together. Guests will love having their own individual desserts and it takes the stress out of serving, too. Now try more ways with Eton mess.

4. Strawberries & cream layer

Puff pastry with strawberries and cream in the middle

Make an easy yet impressive-looking dessert by sandwiching fresh strawberries and vanilla whipped cream between two crisp layers of puff pastry. It's easily scaled making it perfect for dinner parties or summer al fresco feasts.

5. Strawberries & cream scone cobbler

One strawberries & cream scone cobbler

Transform the classic teatime treat of scones, jam and cream into a memorable summer pudding. Fresh stewed strawberries make a lovely juicy layer to offset the crumbly scones. Top with vanilla ice cream or clotted cream. Now try more scone recipes you'll fall in love with.

Strawberries & cream cookie sandwiches on a wire rack

An easier - but just as aesthetically pleasing - version of the ice-cream sandwich, a light and creamy strawberry mousse is spread between two white chocolate cookies. Serve with more fresh strawberries and cream or ice-cream. For the real deal, try our top ways with ice cream sandwiches.

7. Strawberry & cream roly-polys

Pink and white swirled biscuits with strawberry and cream

No fresh strawberries available? Make the most of freeze-dried strawberries to make these pretty-in-pink swirled biscuits, ideal for a traditional afternoon tea or for a kid's birthday party. Planning an afternoon tea? Try our easy afternoon tea ideas.

8. Strawberry pavlova

Pavlova with strawberries and cream

It's not summer without a pavlova, right? This recipe turns the classic Wimbledon treat into a rich and fruity topping for crisp, marshmallowy meringue. It takes a little more effort but is more than worth it for the stunning result. Now try more pavlova ideas and find out our top tips to make the perfect pavlova.

9. Strawberry & elderflower semifreddo

Strawberry & elderflower semifreddo sliced on a serving dish

Combine strawberries and double cream with elderflower cordial, caster sugar and full-fat Greek yogurt for a rippled semi-frozen summer dessert to enjoy al fresco. Serving eight, it's great to feed a crowd. Try more semifreddo recipes.

10. Strawberries & cream cheesecake jars

Strawberries & cream cheesecake jars

These quick strawberry and cream mini cheesecakes are perfect for packing into a summer picnic. Use any shop-bought buttery biscuits for an easy cheesecake base and layer up with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

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Got a glut of strawberries? Try more summer ideas:

Strawberry dessert recipes
Strawberry cocktail recipes
Strawberry smoothie recipes
Strawberry cheesecake recipes
Strawberry tart recipes
Ways to eat strawberries

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