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Fresh Strawberry Topping

Serves Makes about 3 cups     adjust servings

This Fresh Strawberry Topping will replace whatever strawberry sauce you used to use! The strawberries themselves are not cooked, thereby maintaining all the glory of a fresh strawberry, but with all the drippy goodness of a sauce. Top your pancakes, cheesecake, ice cream, you can't go wrong!


  • 1 1/4 pounds strawberries (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam (I used Smuckers)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Hull the strawberries and slice or chop them (however big or small you want). Add them to a medium bowl and toss them with 1/4 cup sugar and a dash or two of salt. Stir together, then set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the strawberry jam over medium heat for abut 3 minutes, until no longer foamy.
  3. Add the jam and the lemon juice to the strawberries and stir together. Let the mixture cool for about an hour. It will thicken as it cools. Serve room temperature or chilled.