July 1 is Canada’s birthday (151 years in 2018), and Canadians are celebrating right across this great country of ours. You can bet that strawberries will be turning up at all sorts of Canada Day festivities, so this is the perfect time to present the Urban Cottage strawberry roundup: 20 recipes that feature the berry that signals the start of summer.
If strawberry season is coming to a close where you are, keep these recipes in mind for when everbearing strawberries are available later this summer. Many of them will work just as well with frozen berries, too.
🍁 Happy Birthday, Canada! 🍁
This strawberry roundup includes recipes for baking with strawberries, cold and creamy strawberry recipes, plus other treats. And, there’s even a section showcasing the savoury side of strawberries. Yes, these beautiful berries aren’t just for dessert.
Strawberries in Baking
Strawberry Cream Cake for Canada Day – This is a Canada Day classic, so it’s only fitting that this recipe starts off the strawberry roundup!
Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream — I put my heart into developing this recipe for Little Miss E’s third birthday, and I think the love shows.
Strawberry Tea Loaf — This was the first time I baked with strawberries inside a cake, and I was pleased with the result
Sassy Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp — One of my favourite strawberry creations, featured in the National Post’s Gastropost
Even Sassier Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp — Admittedly, rhubarb is the star of this dish, but the strawberries play an important part!
Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Crisp Parfait — A refined-sugar-free and gluten-free version of a classic crisp
Cold & Creamy Strawberry Recipes
Strawberry No-Churn Ice Cream — The recipe that made me fall in love with making no-churn ice cream
Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Cake & Imperfection — Possibly the best birthday cake ever
Strawberry Mint Nice Cream — You say ice cream, I say bananas, strawberries and mint!
Strawberry Yogourt Smoothie Pops — Just the treat for the dog days of summer
Iced Strawberry Smoothie — A refreshing drink for a hot summer day
Strawberry Panna Cotta — Delicate strawberry flavour worthy of your most cherished visitors
Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding — A variation on my usual raspberry chia seed pudding, with a link to the original recipe
Other Strawberry Treats
Strawberry Marshmallows — A special treat at my daughter Jennifer’s baby shower, and they wowed the guests! Little Miss H, who’s 3 years old now, would love them
Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar — An Italian classic
The Savoury Side of Strawberries
Pickled Peppered Strawberries — My most unusual strawberry recipe, picking up on the trend of quick pickling fruit
Pickled Strawberry Vinaigrette — Yet another reason to make your own salad dressings
Pickled Strawberry, Goat Cheese & Honeyed Walnut Salad — A flavourful summer salad with the unexpected tang of pickled strawberries
Strawberry Basil Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing — This salad is loaded with goodness, but it wouldn’t be the same without the strawberries!
The Lake Huron Breeze (Strawberry, Mint and Lime with Gin) — You don’t have to be at the lake to enjoy one of these!
So there you go, 20 ways to enjoy strawberries on Canada Day or anytime they’re available. And if you just can’t choose, I won’t mind if you eat your strawberries just as Mother Nature intended — freshly picked. There’s really no way to improve on that!