A ridiculously easy and elegant dessert, strawberries with grand marnier and cream is what my palate needs this time of year. This recipe works well for those late-March berries that, when eaten plain, usually don’t taste fantastic; a shot of orange liquor, a sprinkling of sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice take them from just ok to fantastic. I love these with creme fraiche (I make mine with grass-fed cream and grass-fed buttermilk), but you can serve them with softly whipped cream (and shortcake, for a grown-up version of strawberry short cake), whipped coconut cream, ice cream, plain yogurt, or even stirred into your morning bowl of oats.
Strawberries with Grand Marnier and Cream
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced or quartered
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
Coconut sugar, to taste (you can use white sugar, if you’d like)
Creme fraiche, whipped cream, or ice cream, to serve.
1. Toss the strawberries and Grand Marnier into a bowl. Cut the lemon in half and give it a squeeze over the berries, then add about 2 teaspoons of sugar. Stir together, then let sit for about 20 minutes.
2. Taste the berries. Add sugar and lemon juice as necessary (amounts will depend on how sweet the berries were to begin with), then serve with a drizzle of creme fraiche.