Fresh, sweet strawberries are simmered to make this sweet Homemade Strawberry Topping with a hint of lemon and vanilla that beats store-bought syrup any day. Serve on shortcake, pancakes, pound cake, ice cream….the possibilities are endless!
Homemade Strawberry Topping Recipe
Do you have a strawberry patch in your garden? We planted strawberries just 2 years ago. Last year we ate the strawberries as soon as we picked them. This year, it looks like we are going to have a nice crop. And I can’t wait to pick those big, beautiful, shiny, red strawberries.
Eating strawberries fresh is my favorite way to eat them. Ok…that is a slight lie. If I had my choice, this shortcake recipe would be calorie free and fat free and I’d eat that with strawberries every day. And I wouldn’t get tired of it. Have you made that shortcake yet? Don’t wait any longer, please. 🙂
Homemade Strawberry Sauce
Today I’m going to share with you a recipe for homemade strawberry topping. And although it does have sugar, I’d like to think it is a bit healthier than a store-bought strawberry ice cream topping. It’s a light syrup with cooked and fresh strawberries that is delicious on pound cake….…angel food cake….…and ice cream.
The possibilities are endless, really. Serve on waffles, pancakes, Jell-O cake, shortcake, blend them with ice cream for a milkshake. Whatever your desire, this simple homemade strawberry syrup recipe with a touch of lemon juice and a hint of vanilla is going to be one you want to save and share with your family and friends this summer.
What’s the secret ingredient in this sauce recipe? Butter. After the sauce is done cooking you’ll add a tablespoon of butter to the sauce. This makes a deliciously rich strawberry sauce!
Q: What’s your favorite strawberry dessert?
Homemade Strawberry Topping
- 1 1/2 cups quartered strawberries
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 additional cup of quartered strawberries
- red food coloring , optional
- In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the strawberries, sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Heat the mixture to boiling, stirring often. Reduce heat and add the vanilla and lemon juice.
- In a small cup, combine the cornstarch and two tablespoons of water. Mix well.
- Pour this into the boiling strawberry mixture. Stir and boil over medium-low heat for 4 minutes or until the mixture has thickened a bit.
- Remove the pan from the heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of butter and mix until the butter has completely melted.
- If you'd like your strawberry syrup to have a nice red color, add a few drops of red food coloring. This is completely optional.
- Allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes, then add the last cup of quartered, fresh strawberries.
- Serve over whatever dessert you'd like!
- Refrigerate the leftovers.