should be applauded not only for their sweet and tart flavor, but also for their ability to make just about anything look spectacular with their dark pink hue. Because no proper meal is complete without drinks and dessert
, here are a dozen ways to introduce strawberries into cocktails
and sweets for an evening that begins and ends on the highest of notes.
This glossy tart looks like it's from a French pâtisserie. Luckily, making it is almost as easy as buying one. Strawberries are packed into store-bought pastry crust and custard, then brushed with jelly for maximum sweetness and shine.
Chia Berry Jam:
Chia seeds give this jam a kick of protein. It's sweetened only with fruit and honey, so you can spread your morning toast with something a little healthier than Smucker's.
Healthy Strawberry Donuts:
Compared to a traditionally fried and sugar-laden treat, these donuts are impressively healthy. The secret is whole-wheat flour, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, and plenty of vitamin C from sweet, sweet strawberries.
Strawberry Rhubarb Bellinis:
Plain ol' Prosecco is made extra smooth with a purée of strawberries, rhubarb, and sugar. The drink's garnish takes inspiration from the celery stick in a Bloody Mary, and boy, is it good lookin'.
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs:
Transform store-bought shortcake, strawberries, and whipped cream into a party-ready treat with convenient, cute skewers.
3-Ingredient Mini Strawberry Pies:
Chopped strawberries are tucked delicately into puff-pastry pockets for the world's easiest mini pies. Dipping them in Nutella is optional but highly recommended.
Blend strawberries with any fruit under the sun and serve with Prosecco for a stocked Bellini bar.
With the aid of a microwave, fresh jam is ready in minutes to be spread over toast, biscuits, bagels, and scones.
Strawberry Rose Cocktail:
Fans of floral flavors will love this berry-red gin beverage, complete with lemon and orange bitters.
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes:
Graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, and strawberry gelatin are layered to create handsome heart-shaped cakes topped off with edible pearls and candy melts.
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