Top 5 Strawberry Recipes

strawberries2It’s that time of the year again – those wonderful, sweet smelling and juicy berries are everywhere! You can make the ever popular shortcake or you can check out and try my Top 5 Strawberry recipes. Go for something just a little bit different and you will not be disappointed!

Here are a few simple tips for you on choosing and storing strawberries:

Strawberry Sum-up:

Choosing your berries:

Look for sweet smelling berries that are completely coloured, with no white or green spots. Some are bright red, some more garnet. All berries, whether large or small are equally sweet and juicy. Discard any that are bruised or spoiled.

Refrigerate, unwashed, uncovered and with hulls intact, preferably in a single layer for up to 3 days.

Just before serving, rinse berries with hulls still on (do not soak because berries will absorb water and lose flavour) Pat dry with towel, then hull.

Freezing:

Without sugar: Wash dry and hull berries. Freeze in single layer on baking sheet. Pack in freezer bags, removing air. Label with date.

With sugar: Wash, dry and hull berries. Combine 4 cups of whole berries with ½ cup of sugar. Pack in containers, leaving ½ inch headspace or in freezer bags, removing air. Label with date.

My Top 5 Strawberry Recipes:

1. Strawberry Crepes

Strawberry Crepes

Strawberry Crepes

These versatile crepes can fill many roles. You can fill them with strawberries and yogurt and serve for breakfast or top them with whipping cream, fill with strawberries and serve for dessert.

http://www.mama-knows.com/recipes/strawberry-crepes.html

2. Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pie

These half-moon pastries have a wonderful homemade look. Don’t worry if they leak juice a little onto the parchment paper – just peel it off and enjoy!

http://www.mama-knows.com/recipes/strawberry-rhubarb-hand-pies.html

3.Strawberry Rose Jelly Mold

Strawberry Rose Jelly Mold

Strawberry Rose Jelly Mold

Use a fruity unoaked rose wine or pink Zinfandel for this refreshing jelly mold.

http://www.mama-knows.com/recipes/strawberry-rose-jelly-mold.html

4. Strawberry Ricotta Pie

Strawberry Ricotta Pie

Strawberry Ricotta Pie

This pie is not as creamy and rich as the original cheesecake, it has a drier, lighter texture and makes its own crust. Topped with fresh, juicy strawberries covered in a simple glaze of strawberry jam, it makes for a great dessert!

http://www.mama-knows.com/recipes/strawberry-ricotta-pie.html

5. Madeira Cream Bread Pudding with Strawberries

Madeira Cream Bread Pudding with Strawberries

Madeira Cream Bread Pudding with Strawberries

A decadent take on bread pudding, this dessert mixes strawberries with Madeira wine – a time tested combination !

http://www.mama-knows.com/recipes/madeira-cream-bread-pudding-with-strawberries.html

Hope you enjoy these recipes – and remember – your comments and suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated!

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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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