Easy recipes to use up strawberries

We have had a glut of strawberries recently from our visits to the fruit farm, and oh what a joy it has been! The excess of strawberries lounging in our fridge has forced us to explore a whole variety of recipes that have made for very happy family desserts here. So if you’ve found yourself with an excess, here are 9 ideas on what to do with fresh picked strawberries.

Impressive strawberry recipes that take minutes

Sometimes you just need to get something on the table in minutes. These strawberry desserts will impress, but take no time at all to prepare.

 

Easy strawberry recipes: this chocolate fondue dip is always a hit with kids, and is so quick to make

Chocolate, cream, strawberries. Go!

 

Quick Chocolate and Strawberry Fondue

Chocolate Fondue is delicious, such a treat, and so easy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, Strawberries
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Small Fondue set (optjonal)

Ingredients

  • 200 g milk or dark chocolate, depending on your preference
  • 200 ml double cream

Instructions

  • Heat the cream and broken up chocolate together in a heatproof bowl, set over a pan of simmering water, stirring all the time until smooth and glossy.
  • Pour into a heatproof serving bowl and use forks to dip fruits of your choice, or marshmallows.
  • Enjoy!

 

Cheats Strawberry Pavlova

Pavlova is always a favourite for a special summer dessert, but making a meringue is sometimes overkill when you just want a quick dessert for a family dinner. We take a shortcut by whipping up some double cream, dolloping it onto a ready-made meringue nest, and topping with strawberries. Simple!

Easy strawberry recipes: Mini Strawberry Pavlovas

Quick and simple pavlova

 

Strawberry desserts in a glass

Sometimes you want a properly grown up dessert – or a cocktail to accompany it. Here are some quick ideas for strawberry drinks.

Alcohol-Free Strawberry Mojito

Gorgeously refreshing, this strawberry mojito mocktail is fresh and zingy, and simple to make with a few basic ingredients. Serve virgin, or with added rum, over crushed ice, for a quenching drink on a hot day.

Cocktail Muddler

Strawberry mojito mocktail

 

Grown up Strawberries and Cream Cocktails

Sarah’s recipe for strawberries and cream cocktails looks gorgeous for adults, but you could easily make a non-alcoholic version by substituting the vodka with elderflower cordial or grape juice.

Easy strawberry recipes: Strawberries and cream cocktail

Strawberries and cream cocktail

Simple frozen strawberry recipes

These strawberry desserts work well with fresh strawberries, or if you have a powerful blender, you can use frozen berries, so don’t be afraid to freeze any surplus you’ve picked to use up later. They’re perfect for ice lollies!

Strawberry Colada Ice Lollies

Try this wonderful, creamy, strawberry colada ice-lolly. Simply whizz up the ingredients in a blender, and freeze! And the beauty of these is they can be made for kids, or with added rum for a grown-up barbeque dessert treat.

These strawberry colada ice lollies are creamy and cool - just add rum for the adults

Creamy, cooling strawberry colada – on a stick!

Strawberry Mojito Sorbet

You could also turn your drink into a sorbet; the same ingredients from the mocktail recipe, with some added icing sugar, and an ice-cream machine (you can use the freezer method if you don’t have a machine) will give you a delicious sorbet dessert.

Easy strawberry recipes: A crisp and sweet non-alcoholic version of a mojito - only with strawberries! And it's a sorbet...

Zesty, refreshing sorbet

 

Strawberry Dessert recipes to impress

 

Rhubarb and Strawberry Eton Mess

If you fancy changing things up a little, adding rhubarb to your strawberry dessert recipe makes for a delicious combination that’s just a little bit different. This recipe for Rhubarb and Strawberry Eton Mess is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Strawberry and Vanilla Cream Cake

If it’s cake you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with this strawberry and vanilla cream cake by Emily at A Mummy Too. A fresh strawberry take on the classic victoria sponge, Emily says it’s so easy a preschooler could make it!

Easy strawberry recipes: Strawberry cake easy enough for children to make

 

Stunning Strawberry Gateau

Or if you want a cake that’s a bit more out there – but still equally as easy – try this Strawberry and Elderflower Eton Mess cake from Jenny Paulin. I know my kids would LOVE decorating this one!

Easy strawberry recipes - this Eton mess cake is a stunning teatime treat

 

Strawberry and Lemon Cheesecake Sundae

If you need a fast and impressive dessert, I love the look of this Strawberry and Lemon Cheesecake Sundae from The Crazy Kitchen. A pudding that tastes just like a cheesecake, but is ready in half the time, and appeals to the kids is a definite winner in my book, and it wouldn’t even matter if the strawberries were on the turn for this one.

Easy strawberry recipes: strawberry and lemon sundae

A cheesecake, a sundae, or a trifle?

What have I missed? Any quick and easy strawberry recipes you can share with me? I have lots left!

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Some super easy strawberry recipes perfect for families. Try mocktails, sortbet, cake, or chocolate fondue!

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