Homemade Strawberry Sauce Recipe
This homemade strawberry sauce recipe can be used as strawberry toppings for cakes, yogurts, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, oatmeal, or layer it in a parfait or trifle. Use fresh or frozen strawberries in making this easy and quick strawberry sauce giving your desserts something extra perk.
For this recipe, you will need a 1-pound carton of strawberries, or 16 ounces (giving you 3 to 4 cups, or 450 grams). You can also substitute strawberries with other berries like blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries, without changing anything to the recipe. Cherries can work also, but pit and halve them first. If berries are too sweet, you may decrease up to 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Why lemon? Lemons enhance the taste of the strawberry toppings. You will need about 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. You can also skip the lemon zest, if you want.
How much strawberry chunks is up to you. If you prefer less chunks, you can mash up strawberries a little more as it cooks.If you prefer no chunks, just blend the finished strawberry sauce in a blender until you reach your preferred consistency.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 1 & ½ cups
What you will need:
1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half( if you are using frozen strawberries, avoid thawing them)
1 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp (or 45 ml) of warm water
¼ cup (or 50g) of granulated sugar
Zest and juice from ½ lemon
How to Make Homemade Strawberry Sauce
- Whisk cornstarch and together until cornstarch has fully dissolved. For easy mixing, you may use a fork.
- Put the cornstarch mixture and all the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture as it cooks using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. As you stir, you may also brea up some strawberries.
- Bring it to simmer and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, while stirring it constantly.
- After 5 minutes, remove pan from heat and let it cool. The mixture thickens as it cools.
- Serve the sauce warm before it cools completely, if you want. Or, you may store it in the fridge up to 1 week. This homemade strawberry topping will be thick after storing it in the fridge, so microwave it for about 15 seconds, or warm it on the stove to thin out (if you desired)
After the strawberry sauce cools down completely, you can freeze it in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 to 6 months. Then, you can thaw it on the counter, or in the fridge. Or, if you want, you can warm it up in the microwave or on the stove.
Originally published in Sallys Baking Addiction, 2019.