Nothing says 4th of July more than fresh strawberries — and fresh strawberry sauce is the perfect way to dress up shortcake, pound cake or angel food cake for your Independence Day dessert! The sauce is so easy to make and taste infinently better than what you’ll find in the store. Here are the easy directions to create your own homemade strawberry sauce:
- 1 container of strawberries (pint-sized)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup of white sugar
In a saucepan, add the hulled strawberries (cut in half for easier cooking), sugar and vanilla. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 15 minutes or until they begin to soften and break the berries up with a spoon as you cook. Then, you can do one of two things depending on how you want to use the strawberry sauce:
- Allow the mixture to cool, then add it to a blender to create a sauce. Be very careful using a blender when the strawberries are warm — cover the top with a towel to prevent a kitchen disaster!
- Mash the strawberries in the saucepan with a potato masher to get chunky strawberries — perfect for drizzling over ice cream or cheesecake.
The fresh, preservative-free sauce is a delicious addition to any 4th of July menu. Try it on any dessert and impress your guests!!