This Strawberry Sundae is made with fresh strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, ice cream, cool whip and best enjoyed on a hot summer day.
Nothing better than enjoying a homemade strawberry Sundae on a hot summer day. This recipe is an amazing desert especially after a nice delicious dinner. The red color of the strawberry sauce mixed in with the white vanilla ice cream gives the dessert the aesthetic it deserves. You can even serve the sauce warm on pancakes, cheesecake or just about any dessert if you wish!
Making your own strawberry sauce might sound difficult, but it is so easy! This strawberry sundae will always be a crowd pleaser and I love making it on special occasions. I prefer using fresh strawberries, but you can even use frozen strawberries if you wish.
- What is a Strawberry Sundae?
- Why you will love this recipe
- Strawberry Sundae Recipe Ingredients
- How to make a Strawberry Sundae
- What to serve with Strawberry Sundae
- Strawberry Sundae Recipe Variations
- How to store Strawberry Sundae
- Strawberry Sundae Recipe Top tips
- Strawberry Sundae Recipe
- Food safety
What is a Strawberry Sundae?
A strawberry sundae is a classic dessert made with layers of vanilla ice cream, fresh sliced strawberries, and sweet strawberry syrup. The sundae is typically served in a tall glass or bowl and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Strawberry sundaes are a popular treat in ice cream parlors and restaurants, as well as a fun and easy dessert to make at home. The combination of creamy vanilla ice cream and sweet strawberries is a delicious and refreshing way to end a meal or to enjoy as a summertime treat.
Why you will love this recipe
Versatile: You can use any fresh berry of your choosing, whether it be blueberries, cranberries, blackberries or raspberries. Anything will work in place of the strawberries.
Full of flavor: The homemade strawberry syrup gives the ice cream the flavor it deserves.
Kid Friendly: This is such a fun activity to make with your kid. Let them assemble the sundae at the end!
Great for warm weather: I love to eat this after a hot summer day to cool down.
Strawberry Sundae Recipe Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon juice
- Vanilla ice cream
- Cool whip
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make a Strawberry Sundae
Make the strawberry sauce. In a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, add the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Wait until the strawberries heat up and begin to soften and eventually start to simmer, allowing the sugar to dissolve. Keep stirring for five minutes, or until a lot of the juices have come out.
Remove the strawberries from the heat and use a potato masher to mash up the strawberries. This is your strawberry sauce. Stick the strawberries in the refrigerator and wait until its cool down.
Make the sundae. Scoop 1-2 cups vanilla ice crema in a bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the strawberry sauce onto the vanilla ice cream.
Top with cool whip. Save the strawberry sauce for pancakes, waffles or any future desserts!
What to serve with Strawberry Sundae
- Biscuits or shortbread cookies: A buttery biscuit or crumbly shortbread can be a great accompaniment to a sweet and creamy strawberry sundae.
- Chocolate sauce: If you're a fan of chocolate and strawberries, try drizzling some warm chocolate sauce over your sundae for an extra decadent treat.
- Nuts or granola: For a little crunch and texture, sprinkle some chopped nuts or granola over the top of your sundae.
- Fresh mint leaves: A few fresh mint leaves can provide a refreshing contrast to the sweet flavors of the sundae.
- Coffee or tea: If you're serving the sundae after dinner, a cup of coffee or tea can be a nice way to balance out the sweetness of the dessert.
Strawberries: You can use any fresh berry of your choosing, whether it be blueberries, cranberries, blackberries or raspberries. Anything will work in place of the strawberries.
Granulated sugar: I love using granulated sugar for this because it melts faster. You could use brown sugar, maple syrup or honey instead. Just add a little bit of water.
Ice cream: I love using vanilla ice cream since its a more neutral flavor and pairs well with the strawberry syrup. You could use chocolate if you want!
Strawberry Sundae Recipe Variations
- Chocolate-covered strawberry sundae: Dip fresh strawberries in melted chocolate and then place them on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a sundae glass. Drizzle with more chocolate sauce and top with whipped cream and a cherry.
- Strawberry cheesecake sundae: Layer crumbled graham crackers, cheesecake filling, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream in a tall glass or mason jar. Repeat the layers until you reach the top and finish with a dollop of whipped cream and a strawberry.
- Strawberry and banana split sundae: Cut a banana in half lengthwise and place it in a bowl or plate. Add scoops of strawberry and vanilla ice cream and sliced strawberries. Drizzle with chocolate and caramel sauce and top with whipped cream, chopped nuts, and a cherry.
- Strawberry shortcake sundae: Layer crumbled shortcake, sliced strawberries, and whipped cream in a glass or bowl. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and more sliced strawberries.
- Strawberry and blueberry sundae: Mix sliced strawberries and blueberries in a bowl and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with strawberry sauce and top with whipped cream and more berries.
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- Ice cream scoop - to scoop the ice cream.
- Bowls or glasses - to serve the sundae in.
- Whisk - to whip the cream for the topping.
- Saucepan - use a saucepan to heat the sauce ingredients (if making a homemade sauce).
- Wooden spoon - to stir the sauce ingredients together (if making a homemade sauce).
How to store Strawberry Sundae
To store a Strawberry Sundae, you should cover it with plastic wrap or foil and place it in the freezer. It is best to consume the sundae within a few days to ensure that the quality and flavor are maintained. If you want to store the strawberry sauce separately, you can keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. When serving the sundae again, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before eating to allow it to soften a bit.
Strawberry Sundae Recipe Top tips
- Use fresh strawberries for the best flavor. If fresh strawberries are not available, you can use frozen strawberries, but make sure to thaw them before using them.
- Add a little bit of sugar to the strawberries to bring out their natural sweetness. You can also add a little bit of lemon juice to balance the sweetness.
- Use your favorite ice cream flavor for the base of the sundae. Vanilla or strawberry ice cream works well with this recipe.
- Top the sundae with whipped cream and chopped nuts for added texture and flavor.
- To make the sundae look more visually appealing, try layering the ingredients in a clear glass or sundae dish.
- Use a good quality chocolate sauce for drizzling over the top of the sundae. You can also use caramel sauce or fruit syrup for a different flavor.
- Have fun with the toppings! You can add fresh berries, sprinkles, or even a cherry on top to make your sundae extra special.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove