“The juice! The juice!” We, kids, were really thrilled about “the juice”, the sweet, aromatic fluid that the strawberries had released after being marinated for a couple of hours. But it was not only us, kids. Parents and grandparents and kids, the whole family was thrilled about …”the juice!” when my mom would take the big bowl of strawberries out of the fridge and place it in the middle of the kitchen table. It was one of our favorite fruit desserts right after lunch or right after the siesta in the hot Greek summer days: Strawberries marinated with sugar, fresh lemon juice and cognac!
To tell you the truth I grew up in a family that was dealing professionally with fruits. Winter and summer, spring and autumn our house was always full of fresh fruits. Oranges, apples, yellow peaches and white peaches, apricots of several kinds, pears, cherries, strawberries, melons and watermelons. You named it and it was there. And even if it wasn’t, it would come on our table the next day.
My family was first in our broader relatives- and friends-circle to taste the then newly imported bananas, the fresh ananas, mango and limes.
In this home blessed with Amalthea’s fruits, the marinated strawberries were top in our choice.
The procedure to marinate strawberries is very simple:
Strawberries get washed and shaken in a strainer in order to get drained.
They are cut into half and come in a glass bowl together with sugar, fresh lemon juice and …cognac! Not too much! …”Because of the kids, you know…”
The bowl gets covered with a dish and comes in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
Sugar, lemon juice and the alcohol help strawberries to release a wonderfully sweet and aromatic juice.
Marinated strawberries is always a refreshing summer dessert when vegetarian and vegan friends come over.
Nowadays, I don’t fancy very much plain marinated strawberries. Once per season is enough for me.
But I love to add them on top of vanilla ice cream, in milk shakes and smoothies or in a fancy arrangement like in this awesome dessert.
This exquisite “exotic” dessert consists of: strawberries marinated, Greek yogurt with ananas and homemade mango sorbet. Sprinkled with almond crocant, toasted coconut and dark chocolate shavings.
The juice you get from the marinated strawberries is not much, therefore it doesn’t worth to bind it with cornflour or something for a thicker sauce.
Strawberries Greek Style: marinated with lemon juice, sugar and cognac
- 1 kg strawberries
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- juice of half large lemon or a whole small one
- 2 tablespoon cognac
- Wash strawberries, remove the green leaves.
- Cut strawberries into halves and put them in a bowl.
- Add sugar, lemon juice and cognac.
- Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge.
- They are ready after 8-10 hours.
- Best after 12 hours.