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Traditional dipping sauces using strawberries often contain strawberry jam or strawberry preserves as the base, along with water, honey and lemon juice. There are other types of alternative strawberry dipping sauces, like a raw strawberry sauce, that uses fresh strawberries, water and honey. Creamy strawberry sauces often contain heavy whipping cream, half and half or coconut milk to make a thick, creamy dipping sauce suitable for fondue. Varieties of dipping sauces containing strawberries may use fresh ginger and other spices, as well as berries like raspberries and blueberries to create a more complex sauce.
A common strawberry dipping sauce that often accompanies both sweet and savory dishes uses fresh or canned strawberry preserves or jam blended with a little water, cream and lemon juice. More often than not, this mixture is allowed to chill in the refrigerator until it becomes slightly thick and creamy. This type of sauce is often served cold, accompanying foods like fried shrimp and fresh fruit, as well common desserts like cake or ice cream. For a fondue dipping sauce, the sauce can be heated in a fondue pot or over the stove until a pourable consistency is reached.
Raw strawberry dipping sauce uses fresh strawberries, raw honey or agave nectar as well as a little water, all blended together into a thick and creamy sauce. This type of dipping sauce using strawberries may be somewhat thicker in texture than one using strawberry preserves or strawberry jam. The consistency of a raw dipping sauce can easily be changed by increasing or decreasing the amount of liquid, namely the water and honey, used during blending and processing. Sometimes this type of sauce may contain fresh ginger or other spices to create a spiced dipping sauce featuring strawberries.
Pure cream-based strawberry sauces may use fresh strawberries or strawberry jam, often combined with sugar or honey and heavy cream, half and half or milk. Some type of creamy liquid is used in these types of strawberry dipping sauces, as using water in any proportion may make it too thin. A dairy-free dipping sauce may use coconut milk or soy milk to replace the dairy called for in creamed strawberry sauce without sacrificing flavor or consistency. Often, a strawberry dipping sauce may use other berries, like blueberries or raspberries, to add complexity to the texture and flavor.
I like a good strawberry sauce on ice cream, as a sundae. Can't stand that stuff in a squeeze bottle. Yuck. It's easy to make and I'd rather make my own.
A low sugar strawberry jam is the best base for any strawberry sauce, in my opinion. The low sugar kind isn't too sweet, and heats very well. It doesn't separate.
This kind of jam is also great for heating and sealing cake layers for frosting, or mixing with kirsch to soak the layers. I prefer it for nearly anything, including just spreading it on toast. It's just that good.
Well, then there's the sauce you can use for dipping the strawberries themselves! I like a good chocolate sauce for that -- either regular or white.
I also like a creamy, slightly sweet dip, usually made with sour cream and maybe yogurt or mayonnaise. That works so well for dipping strawberries. Sometimes people even add a strawberry puree to the dip, and that's good too. I prefer a creamy sauce for dipping with fondue. That's really good for a lighter dessert, using small pound cake cubes, or other pieces of fruit. You just need to use fruit that's sufficiently bite-sized for easier dipping and eating.
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