How To Make Strawberry Sauce For shortcake

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If you want to learn how to make strawberry sauce for shortcake, then you are in the right place. I’ve got a delicious recipe that will go well with your favorite shortcake recipe (or just on its own).

Are you looking for some fun and different strawberry dessert recipes? In this article I will show you the best way to make strawberry sauce for shortcake. It is a perfect summertime dessert!

Homemade Strawberry Topping

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!

Do you have a strawberry patch in your garden? We planted a small patch of strawberries at our old house and ate them as soon as they were ready.

bowl of homemade strawberry topping

Today I’m going to share with you a recipe for homemade strawberry topping.

Why you’ll love this strawberry sauce:

  • made with fresh strawberries
  • a light syrup
  • ready in 20 minutes
  • perfect topping for cakes and ice creams
ingredients for homemade strawberry topping

A Secret Ingredient

What makes our strawberry sauce the best? Butter. After the sauce is done cooking you’ll add a tablespoon of butter to the sauce. This makes a deliciously rich strawberry sauce. Don’t skip it…trust me!

How to Make Strawberry Topping

  • 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.
pouring water in saucepan with strawberries and sugar
  • In a small cup, combine the cornstarch and two tablespoons of water. Mix well.
cornstarch slurry to thicken strawberry sauce
  • 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. Again…this is the secret! Don’t skip it.
butter melting in strawberry sauce
  • 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. This allows you to have nice chunks of strawberries instead of small strawberry pieces.

What to Serve with Homemade Strawberry Topping

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.

homemade strawberry topping over ice cream

Can I blend this to make a smooth strawberry sauce?

Yes! If you don’t want chunks of strawberries in your strawberry sauce, blend the sauce with an immersion blender (or regular blender) after cooking to the smoothness that you’d like.

How do you store homemade strawberry topping?

Store the strawberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze strawberry sauce?

Yes! You can freeze this recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Q: What’s your favorite strawberry dessert?

Homemade Strawberry Topping with Secret Ingredient

Ingredients 

  • 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 salted butter
  • 1 additional cup of quartered strawberries
  • red food coloring (optional)

Instructions 

  • 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.

Simple Strawberry Sauce

This simple tasty strawberry sauce requires no cooking and is great for summer!

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Simple Strawberry Sauce

Recipe Summary

Total:15 minsPrep:15 minsServings:12Yield:6 cups

Ingredients

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  • 2 quarts fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup white sugar

Directions

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  • Step 1Place the strawberries in a large bowl. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the berries, and stir to evenly coat all of the fruit. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and chill until ready to serve.n

Strawberry Sauce

This simple strawberry sundae sauce comes together quickly and only uses a few simple ingredients that really let the strawberry shine. You’ll never want to use the jarred stuff again!Save Recipe

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups of strawberry sauce

Ingredient

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3 cups strawberries, finely chopped

1/2 cup sugar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the berries break down, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the vanilla.
  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing against the solids; let cool completely. To store, cover and refrigerate up to 4 days.

Strawberry Sauce for Strawberry Shortcake

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 3 1/2 cups

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3/4 cup strawberry preserves

Juice of 1 lemon 

1 quart strawberries, hulled and halved (or quartered if they are large)

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, combine the strawberry preserves and lemon juice and mix gently. Place over medium-low heat, add half of the strawberries and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool until warm.
  2. Add the remaining strawberries to the mixture and fold gently until completely coated.

Easy Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry Sauce is one of my favorite sauces to have on hand. It’s incredibly simple, fast and only has 4 ingredients. Perfect on desserts, pancakes, ice cream and more!

Easy Strawberry Sauce in a small mason jar with a spoon in it on a cutting board with little drops of sauce around it

Strawberry Sauce

I was walking through the produce section the other day and an amazing scent caught my attention. I didn’t know what it was at first but I knew that is smelled heavenly and I had to have some. It was the display of fresh strawberries and the closer I got to it, the better is smelled.

Strawberries don’t really last long in my fridge so if I don’t use them or eat them right away, I turn them into strawberry sauce. Wilting strawberries are also the perfect candidates for the sauce. You know, the ones that are starting to get some wrinkles and are not pretty and plump anymore. They are still tasty so I quickly cook them and pour the sauce over the pancakes for my little man.

This strawberry sauce will easily become one of your favorites just like it is for my family. It is so simple to make, you can make it in just a few minutes at the same time you are preparing breakfast. The best part is this sauce goes great with so many dishes.

I’ve used it on pancakes, French Toast and waffles. It’s also great on cupcakes, ice cream, milkshakes and so many other baked goods you can imagine. Plus, who doesn’t love strawberries?!

Easy Strawberry Sauce in a small mason jar with a spoon scooping some out on a cutting board with little drops of sauce around it

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SAUCE:

This sauce is incredibly easy. It is my go-to sauce for so many dishes.

It has only four ingredients that are combined together in a sauce pan and cooked for about 15 minutes.

First, you would need to wash strawberries and cut off the leafy ends.

Then, just chop strawberries and add them to a sauce pot.

Add lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla. Stir everything together, cover with a lid and let it cook for 15 minutes. Remember to stir once in a while.

After the berries are cooked, just blend everything together until smooth and pour it over ice cream, pancakes, and desserts.

HOW TO USE STRAWBERRY SAUCE:

This sauce can be use is so many ways, I’m sure I won’t even be able to make them all.

Let’s think breakfast, strawberry sauce will be a beautiful compliment to pancakes, French Toast, crepes, and even spread a little on a bagel.

I often mix some strawberry sauce when baking cakes or cupcakes. When mixing frosting and glaze, I’ve also added strawberry sauce for additional flavor.

One of my favorite uses is my Homemade Strawberry Pudding. It’s so tasty!

Layer some sauce in trifles, pour some over cheesecakes, and spread it in between cake layers.

And of course, you can’t forget ice cream. Strawberry sauce over vanilla ice cream is a classic summer treat.

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