A simple & quick homemade strawberry topping to use for filling in cakes, a topping for pancakes or waffles, ice cream or anything that requires a fruity topping. Yum!
Valentine’s Day is Wednesday Friends. Do you have plans? Our plans are simple enough that we usually celebrate at home. Since we have special needs to consider, date nights are well. Non-existent. The holidays are the perfect excuse for me to bake, stay home, drink wine and watch a few Marvel or Sci-Fi flicks with the family. I am not a Chick-Flick kind of girl. But flowers and chocolate are always recommended. ♥
But for this post, we are talking about Sweet Strawberry topping and Valentine’s Day is the perfect day for it. This just happens to be the easiest topping to make on the face of the planet. The recipe has only 4 ingredients and takes about 15 minute tops. Shorter than a load of laundry. I don’t know about you, but I would rather make Strawberry topping, then do a load of laundry any day. I also have another recipe, my simple & quick stovetop apple pie filling. If you are in the mood for an apple topping instead of strawberries.
This topping is slightly sweet, thick and has chunky bits of strawberries. Now you can choose to either, use a food processor to puree’ it or leave it with large bits of strawberries. I prefer to make it that way, but be different, who is judging. Not me.
You can also use either fresh or frozen strawberries for this recipe. I used a combination of both fresh and frozen.
Tip: If you are using frozen strawberries, let them thaw and then drain all the liquid. Using frozen strawberries without thawing makes the topping accumulate too much liquid.
Wash your strawberries and cut into fourths, approximately one pound. If you want smaller bits, just dice them. Add your cut up strawberries to a medium-sized saucepan. Then add 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1/4 cup water. Some recipes call for more sugar, but I found it to be too sweet. Stir together and then on medium heat the strawberries, sugar, and water together until boiling. The sugar and water should form a nice syrup and smell delicious, at this time add a tablespoon of lemon juice. I like the addition of lemon juice, it gives it a nice flavor.
If you want a bit more color to your topping, add a tablespoon of strawberry jello mix. I am not a fan of the regular jello mix, but I found some strawberry jello® mix and it colors the mix by using only strawberry juice, not chemical colors. But if that isn’t a big deal, no biggie. I have occasionally used a drop of food coloring. I am sure that would be fine too.
After about 10-15 minutes the strawberry filling should be thickened up. If not let it cool and it will thicken. Then pour into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and store for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.
This stuff is so good you could probably eat it by the spoonful. But you need to save some for your strawberry obsession. Now I am using my strawberry filling for a special Valentine’s day dessert. That will be next post, stay tuned!
Simple Homemade Strawberry Topping
Yield 2 cups
A simple homemade strawberry topping to use for filling in cakes, on top of pancakes, ice cream or anything that requires a fruity topping. Yum!
- 1 pound of cut-up diced fresh strawberries or frozen (thawed and drained)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon of fresh juice
- 2 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
Wash your strawberries and cut into fourths, approximately one pound.
Add your cut up strawberries to a medium-sized saucepan. Then add 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1/4 cup water.
Stir together and then on medium heat the strawberries, sugar, and water together until boiling. The sugar and water should form a nice syrup.
Add a tablespoon of lemon juice.
In a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water, whisk together and add to the saucepan. Let it slowly thicken up to your desired consistency.
After about 10-15 minutes the strawberry filling should be thickened up. Let cool. Pour into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and store for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.
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