Confession: the five recipes I dropped during Strawberry Week were not the only strawberry recipes I developed during that period. I actually have about half a dozen more recipes waiting in the wings! These Simple Roasted Strawberries are a major component of some of them, so I figured I’d introduce y’all to them first.
These Simple Roasted Strawberries are simple, easy, and the payoff is incredible. It’s strawberry season – for a few more days at least – here in North Carolina, and the strawberries have been strawberry-ing. That’s why I didn’t feel the need to add any aromatics or accompaniments to bring out the flavor. If you’re using out-of-season or otherwise bland berries, your batch of Simple Roasted Strawberries might need a few additions. We’ll discuss that below.
Simple Roasted Strawberries Ingredients
Feel free to jump to the full recipe, but here are useful notes about the ingredients you will need to make this Simple Roasted Strawberries recipe:
- Strawberries: I developed this recipe with fresh strawberries. In season, juicy and flavorful, perfectly ripened fresh strawberries. If you don’t have access to any you can use frozen, thawed, and well-drained berries instead. If you’re working with fresh berries that just aren’t very tasty, you’ll want to bring out the strawberry-ness that’s hiding. You can do this by adding a splash of lemon juice and a few drops of vanilla extract. You can also try a pinch of ground black pepper, five-spice powder, or rosewater (pick just one of the three, don’t use all of them at once). Not too much of any of those additives, because they can easily overwhelm the berry flavor. For an exact measurement, I say no more than 1/8 of a teaspoon of any
- Sugar: Plain ol’ granulated sugar. Make sure it’s organic if you want to ensure this recipe for Simple Roasted Strawberries remains vegan. Regular sugar is sifted through bone, which is why it isn’t considered vegan.
How to Make Simple Roasted Strawberries
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here is a basic overview of what you’ll need to do, along with some important tidbits to help you make the most of this Simple Roasted Strawberries recipe:
- Prepare for Simple Roasted Strawberries. Preheat your oven to 375°F and place an oven rack right in the middle of the oven. If you have any super large berries, cut those in half. The smaller ones can stay whole. Place the berries in an oven-safe dish with a 2-3 quart capacity and spread them out so the top layer is pretty even in height. Sprinkle the granulated sugar evenly over the top of all the berries.
- It’s Berry Roast Time. Transfer the berries to the oven and allow to roast for 20 minutes. After twenty minutes have passed, pull the berries from the oven and use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently stir them. Place them back in the oven and continue roasting for 15-25 minutes more, until the berries have noticeably softened and are floating in a hearty amount of syrup. Don’t overcook or they’ll darken in color and fall apart.
- You’ve got Simple Roasted Strawberries! Allow the berries to rest on the counter until cooled to almost room temperature, then transfer the berries to airtight containers. If desired, pour the berries through a strainer first to separate them from the juice/syrup and store the berries and the syrup separately. These will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
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