Strawberries are kinda like tomatoes: available in stores year-round, but only amazingly tasty when they’re truly in season. Now that summer’s in full swing, the CHOW Test Kitchen wanted to let these berries shine in a few desserts that stray from the traditional shortcakes. But hey, if you’re a traditionalist, we’ve got you covered there too.

Strawberry Cream PuffsStrawberry Cream Puffs

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice CreamStrawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Strawberry Bread Pudding with Crème Fraîche Whipped CreamStrawberry Bread Pudding with Crème Fraîche Whipped Cream

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