Three Cheers for Strawberry Sauce!

This easy Strawberry Sauce will be your basic go-to sauce for sweet and sassy desserts!

Strawberry Sauce

Three Cheers for Strawberry Sauce!

This versatile sauce recipe can be used with peaches, blackberries, apricots, raspberries or blueberries.  If you are making a peach or apricot sauce, just wash and peel the fruit and cut it in to chunks.  Small berries can be left whole.  You can also mix and match different fruits and add flavorings or extracts too.

This dessert sauce is great on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cheesecake or my Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower!

I like the sauce to be smooth so I give it some extra time in the blender.  You may want to strain the sauce to remove the seeds if your are using blackberries or raspberries.  No fresh fruit?  No worries!  You can substitute frozen fruit and just defrost it in the microwave before you make the sauce.

 

Easy Strawberry Sauce
 
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This will be your "go-to" sauce recipe for all of your desserts!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of fruit puree as described in the directions below
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flavoring such as vanilla, rum extract or almond extract
Instructions
Puree
  1. Wash and prep the fruit. For strawberries, cut off the tops; then halve or quarter. Leave small berries such as blackberries or raspberries whole. For peaches or apricots, peel ad pit the fruits, then cut into chunks. Put the fruit into a blender or food processor and process until the fruit is smooth. Note: For blackberries or raspberries, you may want to strain at this point to remove the seeds.
Directions
  1. Pour the puree into a small pan and add the sugar. Stir to mix.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently so the fruit does not stick to the bottom of the pan. DO NOT BOIL.
  3. At the end of cooking time, turn off the heat and stir in the flavorings or extracts of your choice.
Notes
If the sauce is thicker than you like, you can thin it with either water.
This sauce freezes well in either small glass jars or plastic freezer containers.
You can use either fresh or frozen fruit in this recipe. If using frozen fruit, thaw before using. You can defrost the fruit in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
You can serve this sauce either warm or cold.

 

Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower Is Sure to Please!

Dazzle your friends and family with a Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower!

Fresh Strawberry Dessert

Strawberry Dessert Flower

I love to celebrate strawberry season by making strawberry desserts as often as I can!  I still like to go to Strawberry Farms every May and pick my own berries. However, even after the strawberry season has passed in Illinois, we can still find an abundance of beautiful, juicy berries in our local grocery stores and farmer’s markets.  Whether you serve my Fresh Sugared Strawberries, my Best Ever Strawberry Shortcake or create this Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower… you will not be disappointed!  This Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower is impressive enough for company but is super simple to make.  It starts with a creamy and sweet base made of just three ingredients and then the “flower” is assembled on top of the base.  I like to add some fresh blueberries for color and then top it off with my Easy Strawberry Sauce.

Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
Base:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 7 oz. marshmallow topping
  • 1 Tbs. mayonnaise
Strawberry Flower:
  • Fresh Strawberries, cut in half
  • Fresh blueberries
One recipe of Vickie's Easy Strawberry Sauce
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, marshmallow cream and mayonnaise.
  2. Mound the cream cheese mixture onto the center of a serving plate.
  3. Slice the strawberries in half as shown in the picture, from the tip of the berry to the stem.
  4. Beginning on the outside edge to the cream cheese mound, place the strawberries around the outside edge of the mound.
  5. Continue placing the strawberries around the circle to resemble petals. Leave a small circle in the center open and sprinkle fresh blueberries in the center.
  6. Sprinkle additional fresh blueberries over the petals.
  7. Drizzle the Easy Strawberry Sauce over the Strawberry Flower.
  8. If desired, decorate the outside edge of the plate by making dots with the Strawberry Sauce and connecting the dots using a toothpick.



If you have any of the cream cheese mixture leftover, you can use it as a yummy dip for any fresh fruit. The Strawberry Sauce is also great served on pancakes, waffles, crepes or on top of ice cream.  You can also use it to make Strawberry Milk.

On the fun side of things, I often have trivia questions in my Culinary Arts classes.  One of the trivia questions I ask is, “What fruit wears it’s seeds on the outside?”.  The answer is “Strawberries!”  Here are some more Strawberry Fun Facts!

If you want to check out some other great desserts, my friends at Positive Health Wellness have posted   “9 Cheap and Healthy Desserts For Your Family” that includes recipes such as Chocolate Panini, Oatmeal Cookie Bars and Cherry and Berry Smoothies!

Remember, “Let’s Make Life Special by Sharing Great Food With Our Family and Friends!”  Enjoy!

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