Make this easy homemade strawberry glaze in under 20 minutes with only three simple ingredients. The ultimate topping on cheesecake, ice cream, pancakes, and more!
It’s always a good idea to have strawberry glaze handy when you’re a dessert lover. It takes gluten free cheesecake, gluten free waffles, gluten free pancakes, shortbread, etc. from good to excellent without much effort.
Even though berry glaze is simple, it always hits the spot. Especially during summer months when it’s strawberry season, this recipe cannot be beat!
Why this fresh strawberry glaze is the best
- It’s made with only 3 simple ingredients in under 20 minutes.
- You can top it on an endless dessert recipes.
- It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and low sugar!
- Unlike the store-bought version, there’s no artificial ingredients in this homemade glaze.
What you’ll need
- Apricot fruit spread – I prefer to use apricot fruit spread instead of white sugar because it has more fruity flavor. It also makes this recipe a tad bit healthier. You could also use strawberry jam or spread for more strawberry flavor.
- Strawberries – Fresh or frozen strawberries will do! If using fresh berries, make sure to wash them very well.
How to make strawberry glaze
Step 1: Boil
Heat up apricot spread and water in a medium saucepan until it starts to boil.
Step 2: Strain
Once the spread has dissolved, remove from the heat and strain out any large pieces.
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Step 3: Drizzle
Drizzle the apricot sauce over sliced strawberries on your dessert of choice.
Pro tip: Stir the apricot sauce and water frequently to prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes you can use frozen strawberries instead of fresh strawberries. I recommend letting frozen strawberries sit at room temperature for 12-15 minutes so they are easier to work with.
How long can I store easy strawberry glaze?
Storage – Store leftover glaze in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to 3 days. Make sure the sauce is completely cooled before refrigerating.
Freezing – Feel free to freeze this glaze for up to three months. Again, let it cool to room temperature and place in a freezer safe bag. It’s also a good idea to label with a freezer date!
How to get thick strawberry sauce
If you want thicker strawberry sauce, you can let the apricot spread simmer for a little bit longer or add less water. Sometimes the sauce is better thick, like on waffles, and sometimes it’s better when it’s runnier, like on ice cream.
What to top this homemade strawberry sauce on
One of my favorite ways to use this homemade strawberry topping is by drizzling it on cakes. Pound cake, angel food cake, strawberry shortcake, and this lemon poppyseed cake all pair nicely with this glaze. You can also add to vanilla ice cream during the summer months.
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Strawberry Glaze Recipe
- 3/4 cup gluten-free apricot fruit spread
- 1 tablespoon water
- 3-4 cups red strawberries
- In a small saucepan, combine the apricot preserves and water, bring to a slow boil over low heat, and continue to cook until the preserves are completely melted.
- Remove from the heat. Strain to remove large pieces. Return to the saucepan. Set aside.
- Wash, hull, and dry the berries well on several layers of paper toweling. Slice them in half lengthwise.
- Add strawberries to desired dessert. Shortly before you are ready to serve it, warm the apricot preserves over low heat. (DO NOT glaze the berries until just before serving or they will become soft and runny.) With a pastry brush, lightly coat the berries, taking care not to disturb the design. If the preserves are too thick, thin them with a few drops of hot water.