Four ingredient, no-cook Strawberry Topping is bursting with fresh, ripe berry flavor that easily dresses up most any dessert. Adding brightness and contrast (in color, flavor and texture), this vivid strawberry sauce is delightful ladled over ice cream, angel food cake, short cake, pound cake, even lemon bread. It’s amazing on waffles and pancakes, too! Plus, it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. How perfect is that?

This vibrant and tasty Strawberry Topping is impressive in its simplicity, in that there’s so much flavor coming from just four ingredients. Fresh, ripe strawberries’ natural sweetness is enhanced with a touch of honey; slivered almonds provide a contrasting crunch, and almond extract layers in more toasty nuttiness. The result is a bright, lively sauce that transforms simple desserts into something fresh and luscious.

Dessert showing use of Strawberry Topping on slices of lemon bread

This topping is more on the chunky side, like a salsa. In fact, this recipe came from good Friend Edie Landon who originally called it “Strawberry Salsa!”im

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What goes with strawberry topping?

This strawberry sauce pairs well with many desserts, and a few breakfast/brunch dishes, too. Use it as a topping on:
– your favorite ice cream,
– my Aunt Dee-Dee’s Cheesecake (recipe in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®),
– store-bought angel food cake,
– pound cake,
– my Mini Cakes with Lemon Glaze,
– my mom’s Pavlova,
– Very Lemony Bread (recipe in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®) and
– waffles or pancakes.

A round blue plate holding a single Mini Bundt Cake with a bite on a fork alongside.

How far ahead can I make it?

Strawberry topping can be prepared earlier in the day, but tends to lose some of its vibrant red color as it sits. When made ahead, I like to add a squeeze of lemon juice, to help retain its color.

Can I use frozen strawberries in this sauce?

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t. This dish tastes best when prepared with fresh, ripe strawberries.

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Strawberry Topping

Four ingredient, no-cook Strawberry Topping is bursting with fresh, ripe berry flavor. Adding brightness and contrast (in color, flavor and texture), this vivid strawberry sauce is delightful ladled over ice cream, angel food cake, short cake, pound cake, even lemon bread. It’s amazing on waffles and pancakes, too! Plus, it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: around 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups stemmed and sliced (1/2-inch) fresh ripe strawberries (= 16 ounce package)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Chop strawberries.
  2. Place in a medium mixing bowl and stir in remaining ingredients.

Notes

Make ahead: Topping can be prepared earlier in the day, but tends to lose some of its vibrant red color as it sits. When made ahead, I like to add a squeeze of lemon juice, to help it retain its color. You can also add a pinch of salt just before serving.

  • Author: Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: sauces, dessert, breakfast and brunch
  • Method: no cook

Keywords: strawberries, quick and easy

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.


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