Fragrant and floral, strawberries are one of the first summer berries to make an appearance every year. Here, they star in 15 recipes from quick breads and cakes to cocktails, popsicles, pies, and more.
Making one generous biscuit instead of individual shortcakes lends this classic dessert a grand presentation. Get the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake » Helen Rosner Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute. Get the recipe for Strawberry Griddle Cakes » Ingalls Photography Strawberries and cream combine in a simple, bright mousse that can be eaten chilled or made a day ahead and frozen. See the recipe for Strawberry Mousse » Helen Rosner A twist on the British classic, this summer cooler takes on spicy, herbal notes from Kaffir lime leaves, while strawberries lend sweet balance. Todd Coleman This sweet bread can be eaten any time of day; try it toasted for breakfast with a smear of butter or cream cheese, or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries for dessert. See the recipe for Strawberry Loaf Bread » Yossi Arefi Simple and fast to make, this luscious sweet is the perfect topping for ice cream, pound cake, and cheesecake–or simply served on its own. See the recipe for Strawberry Compote » Todd Coleman Macerated strawberries add a tangy counterpoint to the crisp flavor of moonshine in this summery interpretation of a julep. See the recipe for Strawberry Moonshine Julep » Maxime Iattoni Made with only 4 ingredients, this summery treat is full of bright strawberry flavor. Michael Kraus This recipe is from Waylynn Lucas’ Los Angeles-based baked donut shop called Fōnuts. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts » Todd Coleman A childhood breakfast treat gets an upgrade with strawberry jam and tangy goat cheese. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts » Yossy Arefi This boldly-flavored bread is a great use for not-too-sweet strawberries, which caramelize and intensify in flavor while cooking–try slices drizzled with olive oil or spread with fresh goat cheese. See the recipe for Strawberry Focaccia » Leah Koenig In this pie, orange zest nicely offsets the sweetness of fresh strawberries. Get the recipe for Strawberry Pie » Barbara Ries The addition of Sichuan peppercorns, ginger, and red chile flakes adds complexity and polish to this versatile syrup. Get the recipe for Chile-Spiced Strawberry Syrup » Laura Sant A sweet-sour syrup made with raspberry vinegar makes a wonderful contrast to ripe summer berries. Here, we’ve used a combination of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, but you can use whatever berries look best at the market. See the recipe for Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub » Laura Sant Strawberry cake topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting is a favorite soul food dessert; this delicious version comes from Bertha’s Kitchen in North Charleston. See the recipe for Strawberry Cake » Todd Coleman