Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

Dessert | July 2, 2017 | By

This delicious Homemade Strawberry Sauce post and the following scrumptious recipe was written by my daughter, Lauren Dezenski who was in Cuba in this photo. Lauren works in advertising, loves good food and wine and is always on the lookout for her next travel adventure!

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

I love ice cream. Love. Ice cream. While it’s popularity spikes during the warm months, we don’t have a seasonal relationship and I don’t discriminate on flavor. I do, however have a slight obsession with strawberry sundaes – something my dad and I have in common. When it comes to food my dad has a very traditional palate. I on the other hand tend be much more adventurous. Strawberry sundaes with Homemade Strawberry Sauce are one dish that continues to bond us.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

This year for both my dad’s birthday and Father’s day I decided to take a crack at making Homemade Strawberry Sauce. I will tell you it has quickly become a staple…SO GOOD. SO EASY. Isn’t it great when you can have both? Added bonus – it’s ready in minutes. The sauce is packed with simply sweet flavor that will make you want to lick the pan without shame.

 Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

Let’s get started! You will need:

  • 1 pound of fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Homemade Strawberry Sauce Instructions:

Wash the strawberries then remove the leaves and stems. Hull and slice them into small chunks. The size will vary based on the size of your strawberries and preference.Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

In a small-medium sized saucepan add the strawberries, white sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla and place the pan on the stove over medium heat.

Tip: For ease in mixing, ensure you have about 3 inches of space from the top of the mixture to the top of the pan.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

Allow the mixture to boil for about 8-10 minutes without a lid. It’s important to let the sauce breathe, it allows some of the liquid evaporate to create a syrupy-sauce.

Stir frequently to prevent the mix from burning to the bottom. When it’s done, the strawberries should be soft and a syrup should have formed.Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.Should you need more to get to a syrupy consistency, add 2 minutes to your cook time until consistency is achieved.

Let it cool and serve at room temperature. My preferred plate is over French vanilla ice cream, with whipped cream, nuts, and a maraschino cherry or two. If you’re looking to duplicate – Hudsonville makes a fantastic French vanilla and they’re made locally in Michigan (bonus!).

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

Try this topping over cheesecake, crepes, waffles, pancakes or even this easy Fruit Tart. What will you eat with your Homemade Strawberry Sauce?

Homemade Strawberry Sauce: easy homemade sauce made with fresh strawberries + just a few other ingredients. Use over ice cream, waffles or cheesecake.

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Homemade Strawberry Sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Wash the strawberries then remove the leaves and stems. Hull and slice them into small chunks. The size will vary based on the size of your strawberries and preference.

  2. In a small-medium sized saucepan add the strawberries, white sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla and place the pan on the stove over medium heat.

  3. Allow the mixture to boil for about 8-10 minutes without a lid. It’s important to let the sauce breathe, it allows some of the liquid evaporate to create a syrupy-sauce.

  4. Stir frequently to prevent the mix from burning to the bottom. When it’s done, the strawberries should be soft and a syrup should have formed.

  5. Should you need more to get to a syrupy consistency, add 2 minutes to your cook time until consistency is achieved.

  6. Let it cool and serve at room temperature. Serve over ice cream with whipped cream, nuts, and a maraschino cherry, cheesecake, waffles or crepes.

  1. Mary
    July 3, 2017

    Great looking sundae…and daughter! Love how easy this sauce is to make. This is my hubby’s favorite topping, so it’s a definite recipe we’ll make. Sounds wonderful for crepes! Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Happy 4th, my friend.

    • Bernie
      July 5, 2017

      Hi friend – the sundaes were really delicious! My daughter is a really good cook so I’m always happy to share her recipes. I hope you and your husband love the topping as much as we do!