This stupendous strawberry sauce recipe is super easy and so delicious! You will want to dribble it on everything or just spoon it directly in your mouth!
Every year I look forward to strawberry season, because even though you can buy strawberries year round, they don’t taste as sweet and strawberry-ish as when they are in season. This also means it’s the perfect time of year to make strawberry sauce.
I love how easy and delicious this strawberry sauce recipe is. It’s goes especially well draped on desserts or mixed into breakfast foods. It’s my go-to sauce for topping something lovely like cheesecake. And recently, I’ve been adding it to my unsweetened yogurt. Along with the sauce, I add granola, maybe cut up a banana and I am good to go, spooning it all into my hungry maw!
I also love this strawberry sauce because it reminds me of my grandmother Bena. She used to love strawberries on her desserts. She served lots of desserts with this sauce ladled on them. And that inspired me to love it, too. So much so that sometimes… just sometimes… I’ll pick strawberry sauce over a chocolate sauce.
If you knew me, you’d know how crazy that is!
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Tips on washing strawberries
– Always wash strawberries well because they are one of the top ten pesticide-ridden fruits. But don’t soak them as they easily absorb water, which will dilute their sweetness and flavor.
– To wash, remove the leaves without breaking into the strawberries. Then put them in a colander or sieve; run water over them; take them in your hands and gently rub each one with your fingers to make sure you clean it.
– After the strawberries are completely washed, place them on a paper towel and dry them off or let them air dry for several minutes.
– Now, hull them and start preparing them for the recipe.
How to make strawberry sauce
Gather the ingredients – strawberries, sugar, corn starch and balsamic vinegar.
Wash the strawberries (see tips above.) Hull the fruit and slice each strawberry in three – four slices.
Get a medium saucepan and dump the sliced strawberries in it. Add 1/8 cup of white sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.
Balsamic vinegar goes so well with strawberries. It brings out the color and flavor, making a truly nice pairing!
Turn the heat under the saucepan to medium and stir the strawberry mixture until it comes to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Take the back of a tablespoon and mash some of the strawberries. You don’t want to puree it, just let the mashed strawberries help thicken the sauce.
Continue to let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes, periodically stirring it.
Let it cool before either draping it across a delicious cheesecake, dolloping it onto some shortcake or popping it into the fridge for future yogurt mixing – like so:
I hope you enjoyed this strawberry sauce recipe!
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Stupendous Strawberry Sauce
- 1 pound strawberries washed, hulled and sliced in 3 - 4 slices
- 1/8 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- Wash strawberries (see notes), hull and slice each strawberry in 3 - 4 slices
- Place strawberries in a medium saucepan and add water, sugar, balsamic vinegar and cornstarch
- Turn heat to medium under saucepan and bring mixture into a boil, stirring all the while
- Lower to a simmer and after 5 minutes, take the back of a tablespoon and mash some strawberries, this will help thicken the mixture
- Let mixture simmer for additional 10 minutes
- Check to see if enough strawberries are mashed, adjust as needed
- Let it cool before ladeling the sauce onto some cheesecake or shortcake
- Always wash strawberries well because they are one of the top ten pesticide-ridden fruits. But don't soak them as they easily absorb water, which will dilute their sweetness and flavor.
- To wash, remove the leaves without breaking into the strawberries. Then put them in a colander or sieve; run water over them; take them in your hands and gently rub each one with your fingers to make sure you clean it.
- After the strawberries are completely washed, place them on a paper towel and dry them off or let them air dry for several minutes.
- Now, hull them and start preparing them for the recipe.
Originally published April 2016.