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Strawberry Water Ice

Fresh strawberries are one of our very favorite things. And when we find them in abundance at the market, we love to turn them into simple, yet flavorful desserts like this Strawberry Italian Ice. It’s incredibly quick to make, features only a handful of simple ingredients, and tastes so fresh—and refreshing—that it might just be a perfect summer dessert.

Strawberries

Growing up in South Jersey, I ate a lot of Italian ice (often called water ice). It’s a staple in that region (and in Philly, where I spent a lot of time with my grandparents), so even the idea of it brings back memories of scraping sweet icy treats with little wooden spoons. This homemade version tastes more like real fruit than the lemon and cherry flavors of my youth, but it’s no less enjoyable.

I started with the best tasting strawberries that you can find since they are the primary ingredient in this recipe and then simplified the original recipe—in an effort to rely less on sugar for the sweetness and to make it slightly less complicated. I simply used the berries and the lemon juice (which adds a nice note of tartness), and added about 2 tablespoons of honey. (You might need a bit more if your berries aren’t super sweet on their own.) I added these ingredients to a blender and continued with the recipe as directed.

Side note: If you think your kids would prefer this mixture as freezer pops, go ahead and do that! The mixture would be wonderful frozen that way.

Strawberry Italian Ice

We served up this summer dessert after dinner one night and all loved how vibrant the flavors were. I also love how the texture was so smooth and rich, despite not containing any dairy. I can’t wait to make this again (and again!) throughout the warm summer months to help us stay cool—and really happy.

Get the original recipe for Strawberry Italian Ice here.


It’s not summer without strawberry shortcake! From lush strawberry shortcake dip to strawberry shortcake sangria, here are 7 ways to celebrate the iconic dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Nothing beats a cakey doughnut with strawberry glaze. Delish Knowledge makes her Strawberry Shortcake Baked Donuts with apple sauce to keep them extra fluffy. Did we mention they’re vegan? Delish!

Strawberry Icebox Cake

I scream, you scream… you know the drill. Mariah’s Pleasing Plates plays up two of our favorite childhood snacks — strawberry wafer cookies and ice cream — in this gorgeous Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake. One cool bite and we’re sold.

Floral Shortcake

Just a sprinkling of lavender buds makes a world of difference in this floral take on Strawberry ShortcakeMy Kitchen Love blends hers right into the frosting, alongside fresh lemon zest and curls of whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Bet your BBQ guests didn’t see this one coming. Grab a stack of shortbread cookies or graham crackers and dunk your way to deliciousness with a bowl of Strawberry Shortcake Dip from Just A Little Bit Of Bacon. Warning: the cream cheese base is undeniably addictive.

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Waking up early on the weekend isn’t usually our forte, but for a stack of these Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Pancakes, we’ll make an exception. Cafe Delites makes them with half the guilt — so you can have your cake and eat it, too. Pass the strawberry syrup, please!

Strawberry Shortcake Sangria

Put the “happy” in happy hour with a pitcher of Strawberry Shortcake SangriaLemon Tree Dwelling looks to just four ingredients to mix it up: pink moscato, whipped cream-flavored vodka, strawberry simple syrup, and strawberries. Hello, summer in a glass!

Strawberry Shortcake Float

If The Spoon Fits knows exactly what we want in a summer drink: dessert, ice cream, and booze. Combine the classic flavors of strawberry shortcake with Grand Marnier and carbonated blackberry soda to achieve the ultimate Ice Cream Float.


Honey Raspberry Ricotta Scones

When it comes to scones, homemade is best. For certain baked goods, like chocolate croissants, I’ll seek out the best bakeries for my fix. However, with scones, once you find THE recipe, homemade is the only way to go.

Traditionally, scones are a bit on the dry side. They’re served with jam and delicious clotted cream. These honey raspberry ricotta scones are unlike any scones I’ve ever had. They’re soft, fluffy, and pillow-like.

Honey Raspberry Ricotta Scones

Inspired by these strawberry shortcake scones, these honey raspberry ricotta scones are perfect Sunday brunches, picnics at the park, and relaxing weekends at home.

The addition of ricotta is what makes these scones so ridiculously delicious. The ricotta adds an unexpected dimension of richness and flavor. If you’d like to take it a step further, you can even make your own ricotta! It’s easier than you’d think. You just need milk, cream, and vinegar.

While I used raspberries for this recipe, you can substitute all kinds of seasonal fruits. Think juicy, ripe peaches during the summer or sweet persimmons in the fall.

While these ricotta scones are delicious on their own, I opted to add a drizzle on honey glaze on top. It’s a quick and easy glaze that adds a whole new dimension of flavor to this little treat. The glaze will be quite thick when you mix it together. That’s totally fine. After a few minutes, you’ll hardly see the glaze atop the scones. The scones will absorb most of the glaze.

Honey Raspberry Ricotta Scones

These honey raspberry ricotta scones will definitely change the way you think of scones. It’s time to say goodbye to store-bought scones, and hello to weekend batches of warm, fresh from the oven scones! These scones are not very sweet. They pair perfectly well with a strong cup of a tea or a nice latte. Enjoy!

Honey Raspberry Ricotta Scones

Here are my changes to the original STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SCONES:

  • Instead of 1 cup strawberries, use 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Instead of 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, use 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • To make honey glaze: combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 tablespoon cream.Stir until smooth. Drizzle over slightly cooled scones.

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Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

I thought I’ve seen them all when it comes to cakes and dessert bars. Recently, I was introduced to gooey butter bars and this has opened my eyes to a whole new world of sweets I have yet to explore!

They’re a popular, long-standing St. Louis treat. While there are numerous various on the gooey butter bars, it’s basically a two layered dessert. It starts with a shortbread crust bottom and topped with a melt in your mouth butter cake.

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

Together, these two layers create this decadent delightful little treat.

While these gooey butter bars are perfectly fine as is, they’re the perfect blank canvas to garnish with your favorite fruits. I added a combination of strawberries and grapefruit segments on top. It’s the ideal transitional dessert to say farewell to the citrus of winter and hello to the berries of spring and summer. Forget strawberry shortcakes and peach buckles this summer, I’m going to be making all sorts of variations on these gooey bars!

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

While you wait for the gooey butter bars to cool down and set up, I marinated the fruits in a liquid mixture of honey and grated ginger (for a little zing!). Once the gooey butter bars are ready for serving, drain the fruits and add them to the cake bars. Save the marinating juice to lightly drizzle on top of butter bars, or use it sweetened iced tea! Add a few sprigs of mint for the final touch of pop and freshness. If you’d like, a dollop of freshly whipped cream adds another dimension of luxury. Be sure to cut small portions. These gooey butter bars pack a big punch and you really only need a little slice to be super happy!

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

Here are my changes to the original GOOEY BUTTER BARS recipe:

  • Instead of 2/3 cup half-and-half, I used 2/3 cup whole milk.
  • Instead of 1/2 tsp almond extract, I used 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Add 1/4 tsp fine sea salt to cake batter
  • Instead of 3 cups strawberries, I used a mixture of strawberries and grapefruit segments.
  • Add fresh mint to garnish

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Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means summer will be in full swing before you know it!

Strawberry Tropical Swirly Smoothies

Like many of you, I will be cranking up the grill for the first time this year getting my barbecue on. I’ve got all of my recipes ready and prepped to go, which include these Strawberry Tropical Swirly Smoothies.

I am such a big fan of smoothies (in fact I consider myself a bit of a smoothie guru). There isn’t a drink more refreshing, healthy and delicious in my opinion. I drink one smoothie per day. It is usually my breakfast of choice because of its fast ease and convenience. When the weather begins to change, so do my selections of smoothies. I adore making them with whatever is in season, which is why I opted for this strawberry flavor.

Strawberry Tropical Swirly Smoothies

Looking on BHG’s website, I ran into these fun Raspberry-Citrus Swirly Smoothies that looked so awesome! The swirl of different flavors was such a genius idea. I decided to change the flavors to strawberry, pineapple and coconut.

One of my favorite tropical drinks is the Lava Flow, which is a mix of pina colada and strawberry flavors. This smoothie definitely brings all of those exciting flavors together seamlessly. To create this recipe for yourself, simply make the following small changes to the recipe:

  • Replace the raspberries with strawberries.
  • Add 1/2-3/4 cup frozen pineapple to the smoothie base (go up to 1 cup if you really love pineapple).
  • Replace some of the vanilla yogurt with a coconut flavor.
  • Add a bit more liquid like cold water or even coconut milk if it is harder to blend due to the addition of pineapple.

Strawberry Tropical Swirly Smoothies

The end result is a smoothie recipe that makes you think you are on a tropical island lounging by the beach. The flavor is intense without being overwhelming, and these drinks are the perfect beverages to serve on a hot day by the grill. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day filled with some fun in the sun. One thing’s for sure: I will certainly make a couple of these to have on deck all holiday weekend.


Savory bruschetta takes a turn on the sweet side with quick and easy Strawberry Dessert Bruschetta topped with toasted coconut and salted peanuts.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

While I’m all for the traditional tomato-topped take on bruschetta, this slightly sweeter alternative has become my go-to dessert for busy weeknights. So I’ve transformed the original recipe into a Nutella-slathered, strawberry-studded, coconut-sprinkled treat. And it all begins with thick slices of sourdough bread that are brushed with unsalted butter before going for a quick toast under the broiler.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

Next up is a generous layer of creamy Nutella that’s spread on the crispy toasts while they’re still slightly warm. And we could call it quits right there and still have a show-stopper, but I’m taking the dessert indulgence a few flavorful steps further with the addition of sliced strawberries.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

If the strawberries at your local market are looking less than impressive, don’t hesitate to customize your fruit topping by opting for fresh blueberries, blackberries or raspberries instead.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

The final touches on our confectionery canvases? Chopped salted peanuts and toasted coconut for a sweet-meets-salty stunner of a dessert. And best of all, you can forget the forks and dig in with your fingers.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

Ready to swap tomatoes for strawberries in this quick and easy treat? Check out the original recipe for Sweet Dessert Bruschetta and customize your creation with your favorite spreads, fruit, and sweet and salty toppings.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


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