Grab a punnet of ruby red beauties and head for the kitchen. An ingredient par excellence, now's the time to get baking, blending, spreading and smashing in these classic strawberry recipes.
Fresh berries are a refreshing addition to summertime drinks. If you're partial to a slushy, then this frozen strawberry daiquiri, with a generous glug of rum, makes for the ultimate summer party thirst quencher. Add fruit purée to gin or vodka, then top up with soda, or have a go at making your own infused spirit with this rhubarb & strawberry vodka.
Elegant little strawberry & prosecco jellies make a light dinner party pudding, the delicate fruity flavour pairing perfectly with bubbly. Combine two British classics with a little Italian flair in this strawberry & Pimm's zabaglione and for the whole family, try 5-star favourite strawberry marshmallow mousse.
Jams and preserves
Preserve your strawberries to eat all year round, with this step-by-step strawberry jam. Or, if you'd rather not spend time slaving over a hot stove, raw strawberry jam is ready in just 15 minutes. Both make great gifts (if you can resist scoffing them yourself!)
Ice cream and lollies
Try a refreshing twist on a creamy classic with our strawberry & white balsamic ice cream. The sweetness of the ripe strawberries is complemented by a subtle tang, making this dinner party perfect. If you prefer your frozen pudding on a stick, then these milkshake ice pops are just the ticket. You can even pimp your pops for barbecue season with Pimm's lollies, complete with fresh cucumber and mint, strawberries and a glug of the good stuff.
There are a multitude of brilliant bakes that showcase the strawberry. If you want to make a truly stunning centrepiece, have a go at this step-by-step polka-dot strawberry cake or stack the berries high in Paul Hollywood's layered sponge. For an easier bake, the cream tea cake is a supersize scone. Top with lashings of cream, strawberries and jam.
Perk up your morning with a strawberry-packed smoothie. This banana & almond version is full of calcium, or try an avocado & strawberry breakfast blend - it's low in calories and has earnt our 'good for you' stamp of approval. Blend to your desired consistency and experiment with adding honey for sweetness.
Strawberries make great additions to savoury salads. Yes, really. This salmon, strawberry & fennel salad might sound unusual, but the peppery rocket, subtle salmon and sweet fruit work well together. Serve with fresh crusty rolls as a starter or light lunch.
If you've got a glut of fruit from your allotment, or tubs of strawberries going spare, make a firm family favourite. Strawberry & rhubarb crumble is a brilliant way to use up an abundance of berries. Top with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Trifle isn't just for Christmas, not with our summery twists. Whether it's strawberry & elderflower trifle with ginger jelly and hunks of lemon drizzle or this glorious Eton mess trifle with Sherry-steeped strawberries, you'll find the combination of custard, sponge and summer fruits hard to resist.
Who could resist these strawberry & cream roly-poly biscuits for an afternoon tea treat? Freeze-dried berries make them extra special. If you want a brighter pink swirl, use a splash of food colouring to enhance their rosy hue. Almost too pretty to eat!
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