April 22, 2010

Strawberry Dessert Sauce


Strawberry picking time

Just across the bay are fields covered with neatly lined rows of low, lush strawberry plants. A few weeks ago, crops began to come in and fresh berries were plentiful, just in time for pies, cakes, cobblers, jams ... you name it.

The stores are packed with rows of strawberries, all on sale, some two-for-one deals, and most shipped in from California. Hey, nothing wrong with the west coast but I say, if you can buy local, why not.

Here is a dessert sauce that is easy to make and really delicious on just about any thing from pound and sponge cakes, cream cheese cakes, ice cream - just about any dessert hankering for a dollop of strawberry sweetness. Enjoy!

Strawberry Dessert Sauce
makes about 3 cups
 
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/4 cup Grand Mariner or Cointreau
1/2 cup toasted pecans or almonds
In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium high heat. Stir in the sugar and cook about 3 minutes stirring or until fully dissolved. Increase heat a little and add the berries. Cook stirring continuously for about 5 minutes. Cook longer if berries are rather large. Remove from heat and stir in the liqueur and nuts.
You can store the sauce in the refrigerate in a sealed container for about a week.

Note: If you want to impress your guest, light the sauce in the pan (away from the heat source) before spooning it over your dessert.

8 comments :

  1. I love this sauce. I'll pour over ice creams. Summer is comming. I can eat lots of ice cream without fear of shivering from the cold...haha

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  2. oh boy what a great topping this is delicious~ I would love this over miniature filled tartlets very nice with the Grand Marnier

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  3. We are having a good strawberry season this year. They are plentiful. Good post!

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  4. Oh wow!!! This is the perfect thing for this time of year! This on top of Breyers! Yum!

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  5. Aren't the strawberries just gorgeous this year!?! And the prices are lower than I've seen in a while. Great time to make this luscious dessert sauce, jams, jellies and lots of other goodies.

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  6. My goodness, I wish the fresh strawberry is cheaper here, so that I can make my own sauce. Sounds really really delish to make our own fresh berries sauce, isn't it! Have a nice weekend!
    Cheers, Kristy

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  7. we enjoy strawberry season..love the addition of marnier..

    sweetlife

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  8. We have no more strawberries. Gorgeous to see here though.

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