Strawberry glaze is the one product in your kitchen that is highly versatile to use and also adds a lot of flavor and color to any recipe. Quick to make and easy to serve, it’s made with the most readily available ingredients in your kitchen. Like with many strawberry recipes, the strawberries carry the maximum flavor, so the rest of the ingredients are minimal. That’s why we recommend you keep a batch of these in your freezer so that you can always use them for any occasion. So let’s not waste any time and get started.
How To Make Strawberry Glaze
- Fresh strawberries – 2 pounds, cleaned, hulled, and quartered
- Corn starch – 1 tablespoon
- Granulated sugar – 1/2 cup
- Fresh lemon juice – 2 teaspoons
- Plain water – 2/3 cup
Wash and rinse all the fresh strawberries in a colander. Rinse them 4 -5 times, each time emptying all the water. Clean them thoroughly to eliminate dirt and mud, especially under the green leafy part. Once rinsed well, dry them using a paper napkin or cloth towel and hull them using a paring knife. Quarter the strawberries. Cut off the green leafy part and remove all the white stem underneath it. Both of them will spoil the taste of the final recipe if not removed thoroughly.
Take a saucepan that can fit all our ingredients. Add the fresh-cut strawberries, all the water, and sugar, and squeeze the fresh lemon juice. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and let this entire mixture come to a boil. Use a spatula or a spoon to keep stirring the contents.
As the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to just a simmer to ensure all the contents mix well and the strawberries get cooked evenly. Let this cook for 8 – 10 minutes.
As the strawberries are getting cooked, they will soften and will be easy to mash. So after about 3 – minutes of cooking, use a spoon to mash them all well. This will ensure all the lovely juices and flavors are released in the liquid.
Ensure you mash all the pieces of the strawberries. Keep mashing until all of them are thoroughly mashed and appear like a fruit pulp.
Take it off the heat and use a sieve or a strainer to strain the juice. Ideally, we would recommend that the food processor turn it into a fine liquid with the same consistency. The pulpy one looks more natural, but this part is purely an individual preference.
If straining, use a spoon to apply pressure to release all the juices from the fruit pieces. Dispose of all the leftovers.
Pour this puree back into the pan and keep it on low heat.
Mix all the corn starch with a bit of water and pour it into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture to ensure it is all combined well. At the same time, increase the heat and let it come to a boil. The corn starch will thicken the liquid and ensure it is a little thick and has the consistency of a glaze and not a drink.
You will see the corn starch mixing and the liquid now thickening. Heat it for just 3 – 5 minutes.
Take it off the heat and let it cool down in the saucepan by itself. After it cools, you will notice its thick in consistency now.
Pour it all into an air-tight container and send it to the fridge for storage. It can easily last a week to 10 days in the refrigerator.
There will be times when you are out of fresh strawberries, or they are just unavailable for whatever reasons. Don’t worry. You can make the strawberry glaze with either fresh ones or frozen ones for the glaze. The fresh ones come with the fresh-looking bright colors that are missing in the frozen ones. Everything else, including the flavor, remains absolutely the same. However, fresh ones would always be our first choice for the beautiful red color. If you do not mind, you can add a little red coloring to the recipe when using frozen strawberries to compensate for the natural red color.
How To Store Strawberry Glaze
Like any other recipe, you are always free to store any strawberry glaze leftover. Just ensure you use an air-tight container to keep it to prevent any damage and leakage. As with other foods, taw it well overnight in the fridge or leave it outside for a few hours. This way, you are suitable for easily 4 – 6 months at a time.
Where can you use the strawberry glaze?
The glaze is a versatile product that you can use almost anywhere and in any recipe. Not just that it looks fabulous, but it also tastes great.
- Ice creams: Well, this one is a no-brainer. Apart from strong flavours like chocolate, strawberry glaze can go with just about any flavor. Just pour the wonderful glaze and relish the taste.
- Cakes: Let the wonderfulness of the glaze drip over the cake and look how it builds the taste and adds to the look. Instagrammable and looks fancy and restaurant-like. You can also do the same with any cheesecake, pancakes, and even cupcakes for the same effect. Honey, Pancakes, and Strawberry glaze makes for a special kind of breakfast.
- Waffles: Waffles are also a great choice to pair with the strawberry glaze with some whipping cream on the top for added effect.
- Strawberry Pie: A pie combines a lovely crusty and crumbly base with a nice touch of strawberries. You can use the strawberry glaze with a few cut fresh pieces of strawberries to make that perfect-looking pie and save you some time.
- Donuts and Cookies: Though this may sound a little off yea, you can enjoy the glaze with both. Just ensure they do not have any intense flavors as strawberry must be the prominent flavor.
That’s it. I hope the information in the article helped you. Strawberry glaze is an easy and straightforward recipe that can work wonders to a lot of recipes. That’s the reason we strongly recommend it in every kitchen.