My sisters daughter made this Highstreet strawberry cake the first time they met my parents after lockdown restrictions. Everybody knows that strawberry cakes are delicious. But this is not an ordinary strawberry cake. This is a Highstreet strawberry cake! Highstreet (Hoogstraten) is famous for growing the best strawberries in the world. More information on that below the recipe.
The recipe is based on the strawberry cake by the famous Belgian television cook Jeroen Meus. We improved it by using regionally grown strawberries from Hoogstraten.
About Hoogstraten (Highstreet)
Hoogstraten is a small city in the North of Belgium, at the border with The Netherlands. It is located half way between Antwerp and Â´s Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) on an old military highway. That is also were the name comes from: high road. Even Today, there is a street called "Â´s Boschstraat". This name refers to the old military highway that used to be there.
About Highstreet strawberries
Strawberries are the most famous produce of Hoogstraten. Of course, they are also the best :-). They distinguish themselves from any other strawberry in the world with their typical sweet and sour balance. The largest auction site for strawberries in the Benelux is also located in Hoogstraten. They sell over 30.000 tonnes of strawberries every year. Globally!
In Hoogstraten most people buy their strawberries directly with the local farmer. Tourists however can choose to do a cycling tour of about 40km called "aardbeienroute" (strawberry route). This route is completely situated on the territory of the city. It combines the historic city center, the Mark valley (the local river) and the vast countryside of the border region with The Netherlands. Of course, on this route you will cycle past the many greenhouses where strawberries and grown. For sure you will meet a local farmer. He will be happy to sell you some of the freshest strawberries you can have. Before starting the route, be sure to visit the tourist center in the cosy basement of the city hall. The friendly people there will hand over further documentation and help you with any questions you have.
For sure, you are inspired for more recipes with strawberries by now. Please check these surprising.recipes with more strawberries:
If you speak Dutch, you can find the Dutch version of this recipe on gerechtenweb.blog.