Strawberries are our favourite summer fruit.
And what's more - it's Wimbledon time - the epitome of British summertime. Strawberries and cream have long been served at Wimbledon since the first tournament in 1877 and have become synonomous with the word-famous occasion. This year will mark the 140th year of the competition, where it's expected that over 140,000 portions of English strawberries will be served, alongside 10,000 litres of cream, 320,000 glasses of Pimm's and 29,000 bottles of Champagne.
Although you can't beat a bowl of British grown, in season, sweet and juicy strawberries, served with double cream or a dollop of luxurious ice cream....they are so versatile that there are many many other ways you can serve them!
We've gathered our top pick of strawberry recipes to celebrate the great British summer – from cupcakes to lollies and cheesecake.
Strawberries and cream mini lollies
Perfect for children and adults alike, these strawberries and cream mini lollies would go down perfectly on a warm summer's afternoon. Made with just three ingredients; strawberries, milk and vanilla extract, they are so easy to make. Plus you could try mixing up the recipe with mango or blueberry instead.
There's no baking in this classic strawberry cheesecake recipe, so it's super easy for anyone to make. Just make sure to leave enough time for the 'cake' to set in the fridge – it doesn't contain gelatin so will need around 5 hours in the fridge, or ideally overnight.
Basil & strawberry cupcakes
Fresh basil with its pepperty notes works perfectly with sweet flavours as well as savoury. You could try adding it to a lemon drizzle cake, or in a watermelon salad. But we love it best paired with strawberries. This basil and strawberry cupcake recipe is totally delicious and makes for a sophisticated bake if you're trying to impress.
For a homebaked (and pretty indulgent) treat, these shortcakes are filled with cream and fresh strawberries, making a lovely dessert or teatime treat. Perfect for serving alongside some bubbly whilst watching the tennis!
Strawberry & elderflower trifle
Strawberries, custard, Swiss roll, jelly, hints of elderflower - is there anything more typically English than this strawberry & elderflower trifle? You could make your own custard, or if you're short on time, shop-bought would do just as well. Serve up for a summer Sunday lunch dessert.