How to macerate strawberries
Macerating strawberries is quick and simple:
- wash and hull the strawberries
- add sugar, lemon, and vanilla
- stir to combine and let stand
Making them at home is incredibly simple and very useful, especially because they are:
- rich in flavor
- have a vibrant red color
- naturally sweet
- can be served with whipped cream or
- use it in other desserts like cakes, pancakes, waffles, pannacotta, french toast...
- gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan
- one portion (half of the recipe) has less than 150 calories
Possible additions and variations
There are only 4 simple ingredients in this recipe: strawberries, sugar, vanilla, and lemon. These few ingredients are all you need, but you can enrich the macerated strawberries and make them even more special. Here are some ideas:
- Limoncello liqueur: Add 1 tablespoon of Limoncello liqueur to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients to get an amazing citrus aroma.
- Balsamic vinegar: Add 1/2 teaspoon of balsamic to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients for macerated strawberries to add an amazing sweet & sour flavor. Balsamic vinegar and strawberries are best friends so this is one lovely combination.
- Pepper: Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients for some extra spiciness.
- Basil and olive oil: Add a handful of fresh basil and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the bowl for summer vibes and freshness.
- Elderflower: Add 2 - 3 elderflowers for an amazing floral and gentle aroma.
How to use macerated strawberries, where to serve
You can simply serve them with some whipped cream or greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream and some chopped almonds (this recipe serves two people) or you can serve them with:
It's best to use macerated strawberries as soon as possible, however, you can store them in an airtight container and keep them chill in a fridge for up to two days.