Strawberries are much-loved sweet luscious fruits that are plentiful in the markets now. Some of the best ways to enjoy strawberries are very simple; with just a sprinkle of sugar and squeeze of lemon or a splash of balsamic vinegar. Strawberries and cream are of course a perennial favourite and are delicious when served with a meringue or sponge cake.
Strawberries macerated in red wine syrup are wonderful, easy to do and great for entertaining.
The quantity of wine syrup in this recipe is enough for three punnets of strawberries. Macerate the strawberries for one to two hours only as the berries will begin to soften after that. Try the red wine syrup with other berries such as raspberries or blueberries. It is also delicious with cherries and peaches.
It is not necessary to use the best wine for this recipe. You may need to adjust the amount of sugar in the syrup as it will depend on the ripeness of the strawberries and the style of red wine you use.
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