Strawberry Topping is a sweet and indulgent strawberry sauce made from strawberries, sugar, and vanilla, ready in just 20 minutes!
This strawberry sauce is the perfect partner for so many desserts, and easy to make at home. You’ll love this delicious homemade topping for all kinds of treats, and it can be mixed and matched with Salted Caramel Sauce, Homemade Hot Fudge, and Easy Whipped Cream!
Strawberry Topping is a simple recipe made form strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract. It’s PERFECT for topping cakes and cheesecakes, and it only takes 3 ingredients. This is a great recipe to bring to brunch or serve at a pancake breakfast, and is one of the most popular dessert sauces!
You can make this topping with other fruits, like blueberries or raspberries. Your family will love making this to put on french toast, or waffles instead of syrup, over ice cream or in the middle of a Parfait. And of course, the it is the perfect way to complete a homemade New York Cheesecake. The fresh strawberry flavor goes perfectly with almost any breakfast or dessert!
Frequently Asked Questions
You should add this to your cheesecake recipe while it’s still in the springform pan after the cake has cooled completely. When the cheesecake goes into the oven, make the strawberry sauce when the cake is about half way done, and just leave it in the saucepan to cool down. By the time the cheesecake is ready, the sauce will be cool enough.
You can technically add it earlier in the process, but watch it closely to avoid drying the fruit out. You’d also have to time the cheesecake exactly, because the topping may prevent you from seeing if the center of the cheesecake is cooked through.
Strawberry topping will thicken on its own as you cook it. When it’s boiling, the water in the fresh strawberries cooks off and the sugar creates a nice syrup-like texture. If you want your strawberry sauce to be even thicker, lightly dust your strawberries with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch before you start to cook. As the sauce heats up, the cornstarch with thicken it and make it syrupy. You can also make a bigger batch this way by adding a cup of water with the corn starch as well.
Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to add some really nice tart flavor to the sauce. Lemon juice also helps balance out the sweetness from the sugar and from the berries. You can also use almond or orange extract instead of vanilla for more variation of flavors.
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Tips for Making Strawberry Topping
- Replace the sugar with brown sugar for a deeper more molasses-type flavor.
- Make this recipe using frozen strawberries as a time saver.
- Brighten the color of strawberry sauce with a little bit of red food coloring.
- Use a potato masher to break down the strawberries even further once they’re boiling.
- Freeze strawberry sauce in ice cube trays to add a fruity flavor to drinks.
- Serve this strawberry sauce over chocolate ice cream, or chocolate waffles or pancakes for a chocolate strawberry dessert!
How to Store Strawberry Topping
- Serve: Strawberry Topping Can be served warm over desserts like ice cream and pie, or you can use it chilled for desserts like cheesecake and parfait.
- Store: Strawberry Topping will last tightly sealed in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can make the sauce ahead of time as long as you keep it refrigerated in a sealed container. If it gets too thick and doesn’t pour easily, warm the sauce in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Freeze: You can freeze Strawberry Topping in an airtight container for 4-5 months.
- 1 pound strawberries , sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place a medium pot on the stove on medium heat.
- Add the strawberries, sugar, and vanilla to the pot and cook for 18-20 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
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