Synonymous with the spring season, strawberries are fruit bursting with fresh flavours and natural sweetness. We Maltese are lucky enough to have them as part of our local produce, which makes its annual debut at the Mġarr Strawberry Festival all the more exciting. After yet another successful fest, many of us might still have containers of strawberries sitting on our fridge’s shelves. But if not, once reading the recipe ideas below, you’ll probably be heading to your local green grocer to buy a box or two… Oh, who are we kidding, you’ll probably buy four!

And while the classic Strawberry & Whipped Cream is delicious in its own right, it’s good to shake things up a bit to give this amazing ingredient the attention it deserves. That’s why we’ve decided to whet your appetite a little by coming up with seven scrumptious strawberry sweets that are just perfect for this time of the year.

1. Chocolate-Topped Strawberry Cheesecake

Velvety, smooth and light in texture, this beautiful dessert is the perfect special something for a grand finale for a luncheon or dinner party. Heck! Why not treat yourself to a slice for your mandatory tea-time snack? This treat is perfect if you I love the mix of rich strawberry cheesecake and flaky chocolate crust—and as you might expect: it tastes as good as it looks!

2. Strawberry Soufflés

Granted, soufflés are perhaps the most-feared dessert in the kitchen confines, because they can be tricky to get right. May its really impressive result not scare you – this recipe is the very definition of simplicity. I like to call this as a pre-summer taste in one little ramekin! Its light, soft and creamy texture will soon become your family and friends’ favourite. It’s the perfect light finish to any meal and a welcome change for those culinary conventionalists.

3. Strawberry & Mint Smoothie

It is the epitome of powering through a morning, where you need a fresh caffeine-free pick-me-up. This flavourful drink could be the best breakfast you’ve consumed in a while.

Packed with antioxidants, vitamins C, D3 and manganese, it’s certainly a nutritional powerhouse. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, why not add some avocado, Medjool dates, coconut milk and mint to create an extra creamy smoothie, which will go down nicely on a warm and sunny spring morning?

4. Strawberry ripple ice cream

If you’re one of the very few and far between who can resist an ice cream cone in these warm temperatures, then kudos! But if you’re joining the majority of the clan, and can’t, we suggest for you to whip up a batch of your own with this recipe.

Use double cream, yoghurt, liqueur and the best quality strawberry conserve you can get your hands on. Whip up your cream, layer it with the conserve, freeze for about 3 hours, and voila – you’ve got yourself a fantastically refreshing dessert!

5. Sublime Strawberry Popsicles 

These ice lollies are as simple to make as they are divine to consume! Made with just three ingredients, they’re the perfect icy cold treat to help beat the spring or summer heat!

6. Strawberry Jam

Forget the mass-produced, supermarket variety! Instead, we urge you to try this gorgeous DIY strawberry home-made jam – sans the unnecessary and unhealthy preservatives. Truly the meaning of what a labour of love is, it’s worth the work, because it’ll taste delightful on your morning toast or served with piping hot scones!

7. Chocolate Strawberry Cake

This is what every chocolate cake should be all about: decadent, dark, and incredibly rich. Sliced into half, and stuffed with strawberries, don’t you dare wait until your next birthday or anniversary to whip up this one up, because you’ll surely regret it!

Strawberries, known for their characteristic explosion of juicy flavours, are fantastic fruit to work with because no matter what you couple them with. Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet or savoury dish, this gorgeous heart-shaped berry shines loud and clear, working in perfect symphony with other flavours. Add their beautiful pop of colour, and you can easily lose yourself in the glory of these seasonal strawberry recipes. So why not head into your kitchen pantry and see what ingredients you have to try one of the above recipes?