Ingredients

1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blackberries
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup Grand Marnier
¼ cup brown sugar (a little more if desired)
ice cream or sponge cake for serving
whipped cream (if desired)

Directions

1. Slice strawberries into thin slices and place in a bowl along with the other berries.
2. Add orange juice, Grand Marnier and mix.
3. Add brown sugar and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight before using.
4. Serve over ice cream or a cake such as sponge cake. Top with whipped cream if desired. The remaining berries can be refrigerated and stored for up to a week.

Recipe courtesy of Julie Geary, Classic Cooks Catering, 2012.

Simply put, maceration is the process of breaking down or softening food using a liquid. You can macerate soft fruit such as strawberries and raspberries using just sugar, but Julie Geary of Classic Cooks Catering feels that her secret recipe that use Grand Marnier is the best way. It imparts its’ distinctive flavor, along with orange juice and brown sugar, into a mixture of fresh fruit that makes a delicious and sweet sauce.

After covering with plastic wrap and allowing the mixture to sit overnight, it will make a sweet but surprisingly complex sauce. You can serve it over ice cream or a cake, which will absorb much of the sauce’s flavor. Geary prefers to use it on a sponge cake but your favorite, such as a pound cake, will also work.

If you are looking for an alternative because of what you have, you can use another liqueur or even Balsamic vinegar. With the Balsamic the strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries have a sweetness that contrasts nicely with the vinegar.

Macerated Berries
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