Juicy Strawberry Recipes To Try For A Refreshing Summer Treat

This year's strawberries are bigger and juicier than ever. Here's how to eat 'em.

The British strawberry season has officially arrived! And while the unseasonable weather may have delayed ripening, we’ve been promised juicier fruit as a result.

The season officially started on May 1 and lasts until the end of September, but a cooler winter and spring meant strawberries have flowered and ripened a little more gradually, industry body British Summer Fruits said. The slowed down process has resulted in “larger, juicier, but just as tasty British strawberries”.

Britons are buying more fresh strawberries than ever, too, apparently spending £772m on them over the last 12 months, a 10% rise on the year before.

So if you’re up for trying something new with the juicy fruit, we have two recipes for you – one easy (sorbet) and one a little harder (cheesecake). Enjoy!

Strawberry Sorbet

By Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones, Wild by Tart

Strawberry sorbet
Strawberry sorbet

Ingredients:

225g water

200g sugar

75g light corn syrup

455g fresh strawberries (over ripe strawberries are best)

60ml freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice

Champagne, to serve, optional

Method:

1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for five minutes, without stirring. Remove the syrup from the heat, pour it into a bowl, and set in the refrigerator to cool.

2. Place the strawberries and citrus juice in a food processor, and purée until completely smooth.

3. Press the purée through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the seeds.

4. Combine the seedless purée with the corn syrup and sugar syrup. Chill for one hour, or until refrigerator-cold.

5. Make the sorbet according to the manufacturer’s directions for your ice cream maker. The finished sorbet will be fairly soft so put in the freezer for a couple of hours to firm up, if desired

6. Serve with champagne for the ultimate treat.

Strawberries and cream cheesecake

By Bettina Campolucci Bordi

Strawberry cheesecake
Strawberry cheesecake

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 135g desiccated (shredded) coconut

  • 125g almond flour

  • 60ml coconut oil

  • pinch of salt

For the filling:

  • 500g strawberries

  • 1 vanilla pod (bean), chopped

  • 70g cashew nuts, soaked for at least 2 hours in cold water, or in hot water for 15 minutes

  • 60ml coconut oil

For the topping:

  • 100g strawberries, halved

  • 3 sprigs of thyme

  • Orange segments, optional

  • Edible flowers, optional

Method:

1. Line a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin with cling film so that the cake can easily be removed from the tin.

2. Start by making the base for the cake by adding all the base ingredients to a blender and blitzing until you get a slightly sticky consistency.

3. Add the mixture and gently press down to get an even layer, just as you would with a traditional cheesecake base.

4. For the filling, place all of these ingredients into a high-speed blender and blitz until everything is fully incorporated and you have a beautiful pink, even colour.

5. Pour the mixture into the lined tin and place in the fridge for two to three hours to set.

6. Take the cake out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to serve it to soften it up. Top as you like and serve!