When you’re in a hurry or the weather is just too hot, sometimes all you want is a low-effort quick and easy pudding. This is where my super easy strawberries and cream dessert comes in. Perfect for feeding a crowd too.
Last year we planted up some strawberries in the garden. They went in a bit late so we didn’t get very many. This year, however, despite the terribly dry spring, we’ve had a small bowl of strawberries every other day. And I can’t tell you how delicious they are.
Easy Strawberries and Cream Dessert
This delicious summer dessert really is super easy to put together. The most difficult part of the process is whipping up some cream. In fact, calling this easy strawberry cream dessert a recipe at all is a bit of a misnomer. It’s really just an assembly job.
Nevertheless, there’s a little more to this low-effort summer dessert than just strawberries and cream.
For starters, there are biscuits to provide crunch. The cream is lightened with natural yoghurt, which also gives it a slight tangy note.
Although you can get away with only five ingredients in this simple dessert, the sixth gives a subtle enhancement.
I choose to flavour the cream with rose. The fragrant floral notes elevate it to another level. I whip the cream up with my homemade rose syrup, which as far as I’m concerned is a must have summer staple. It’s easy to make, but don’t worry if you don’t have any. You can swap it for a teaspoon of golden caster sugar and half a teaspoon of rose water or a drop of rose oil. The possibilities are endless.
Then there’s the jam. A teaspoonful of strawberry jam gives a welcome note of sweetness and enhances that gorgeous strawberry flavour.
Finally, there are the strawberries themselves. They’re at their best warmed by the sun. Sweet and aromatic with acidic fruity notes, they’re the crowning glory and bring the whole thing together most beautifully. Game, set and match.
And if you really want to go all fancy, place a small sprig of mint on the top. The flavours of strawberry, mint and rose go surprisingly well together.
Strawberries and Cream Dessert Suggestions
The whole point of this super simple summer dessert, is that it’s quick to make and doesn’t involve a whole heap of ingredients. There are, however, a number of simple changes you can make to add diversity to a pudding which is bound to become a firm favourite.
Layer it any which way. I’ve just done it the way we like it. If you prefer a crumbly top, you can lay the strawberries and strawberry jam at the bottom. Then cover with the cream mixture and finally scatter the biscuit crumbs over the top.
You could even have an Eton Mess style dessert. Cut the strawberries into slightly smaller pieces, then just swirl everything together before you spoon into serving dishes. In fact this is what CT invariably does when he’s presented with his bowl of strawberries and cream. He’s incorrigible.
Change it Up
This idea for this easy strawberries and cream dessert is that it’s fabulously versatile.
Use a different type of biscuit. Shortbread is one that works well. I haven’t tried it, but I reckon amaretti would be lovely too. Let me know what sort of biscuit you think we should try.
As stated earlier, I flavour the cream with homemade rose syrup. But you could use elderflower cordial or vanilla sugar instead. Or why not go completely lush and throw in a tablespoon of liquor? Framboise or cassis would be an interesting variation on a theme.
If you prefer the idea of raspberries, use those instead of strawberries. And why not swap the strawberry jam for raspberry jam whilst you’re at it?
Have a Party
You can easily double this recipe infinitum and feed as many people as you like. It’s a great dessert for feeding the masses as it’s so very easy to make. In fact, it’s the perfect pick for a help yourself type party pudding. Just lay out separate bowls of biscuit crumbs, cream, strawberries and jam and let people help themselves.
Of course, if there’s just you, then halve the recipe.
Other Summer Fruit Desserts You Might Like
- Apricot whisky honey cheesecake
- Blackcurrant fool with fresh mint
- Chocolate summer fruit tiramisu
- Poached peaches & apricots in lemon & thyme
- Raspberry syllabub with Chardonnay vanilla biscuits
- Roasted plum parfait with lemon curd
- Summer berry trifle
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Easy Strawberries and Cream Dessert – The Recipe
Easy Strawberries and Cream Dessert
- 4 digestive biscuits
- 8 strawberries – hulled and quartered
- 80 ml double cream
- 2 tsp rose syrup
- 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
- 2 tsp strawberry jam
- 2 sprigs mint (optional)
- Roughly crush the digestive biscuits between your fingers and drop them into the bottom of two bowls. Two biscuits per bowl.
- Whip the cream along with the rose syrup until you get soft peaks. Stir in the yoghurt. Divide this between the two bowls.
- Drop a spoonful of jam over the cream. It's best if the jam is saucy rather than solid, so stir in a little water, lemon juice or rose syrup if necessary.
- Pile on the strawberries and tuck in. Add a small sprig of mint if you want it to look even prettier.
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