How to Cut Strawberries for Garnish

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How to Cut Strawberries for Garnish
Strawberries often accompany chocolate for dessert. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Even the most scrumptious-looking dessert will look even better when it's presented with a garnish beside or on top of it. Strawberries are a popular garnish for a wide variety of dessert plates, including trifle, brownies and cakes. In addition, fruity cocktails often have a strawberry garnishing the rim of the glass. The typical strawberry garnishes, slicing the strawberry in half or sitting a whole strawberry on top of a rim, are classic. However, you can impress guests by creating strawberry garnishes, such as rose shapes or fan shapes, that add a bit more flair and elegance to your dessert.

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Things you need

  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • 1 can whipped cream

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    Strawberry Fan

  1. 1

    Place the strawberry on the cutting board with the stem side down.

  2. 2

    Make small 1/8-inch slices into the strawberry, cutting down to the stem, but not completely through the strawberry.

  3. 3

    Carefully spread the slices apart so that it looks like a fan.

  4. 4

    Use the strawberry fan to garnish individual dessert plates or lay it on top of an individual dessert, such as a slice of cheesecake.

    Strawberry Budding Rose Garnish

  1. 1

    Place the strawberry with the stem side face down on the cutting board

  2. 2

    Position the knife at the tip of the strawberry and make a very shallow slice halfway down one side of the strawberry.

  3. 3

    Rotate the strawberry and make the same type of shallow slice down another side. Repeat for all four sides.

  4. 4

    Carefully spread out the cut parts of the strawberry so they bend slightly to look like rose petals. The centre of the strawberry is now exposed in a pyramid shape, resembling the centre of rose.

  5. 5

    Garnish with a sprig of mint next to the strawberry to look like the stem of a rose. Serve on an individual plate with a dessert serving of your choice, or create several budding rose garnishes and place in the corners of a serving platter for a whole dessert.

    Strawberry Blooming Rose Garnish

  1. 1

    Hull two strawberries by cutting around the stem angled toward the centre of the strawberry and remove the stem. Rinse thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Slice one strawberry into five even pieces and arrange them in tight circle on the plate, with the tips facing outward. Spray a dollop of whipped cream in the centre.

  3. 3

    Slice the tip off of a second strawberry.

  4. 4

    Make four even cuts straight down into the strawberry about three-fourths of the way down.

  5. 5

    Place this second strawberry in the centre of the circle of strawberry slices, on top of the whipped cream to create an open rose look. Serve on top of a dessert, such as strawberry shortcake or a chocolate lava cake.

Tips and warnings

  • For a simple strawberry garnish, make one slit into the strawberry and sit it on the rim of a cocktail glass.
  • The strawberry fan can also be hung over the side of a cocktail.

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