Strawberries are one of the more enticing treats of early summer. Instead of just macerating them in sugar, I love roasting strawberries with a split vanilla bean.

Roasting strawberries intensifies their flavor and creates a nice, gooey syrup—it’s almost like making a compote in the oven, and the berries maintain their shape while still getting jammy. It’s wonderful for spooning over ice cream, yogurt, panna cotta, or old-fashioned strawberry shortcake.

ROAST STRAWBERRIES FOR SWEETNESS

Roasting strawberries concentrates their flavor, making them sweet and extra-fruity, without having to add much sugar. You also get an intense syrup. I think of this as an oven compote. The berries themselves stay more intact roasted in the oven than they would if you simmered them on the stove.

USE FRESH STRAWBERRIES, NOT FROZEN

Save your frozen berries for smoothies….

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