There was a time when fruit was the furthest thing from my mind when I thought of dessert. Maybe I’m finally growing up because I find myself, not only thinking of fruit, but serving it more and more.
There are so many things you can do with fruit to create simple and delicious desserts. These strawberries with red wine and cassis (black currant liquor) are a perfect example. The recipe comes from Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food, a great cookbook with a full chapter devoted to fruit desserts.
I have been on a Jacques Pepin kick lately. I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic? His was one of the first cooking shows I tuned into regularly. I loved his series on PBS where he cooked with his daughter, Claudine. I’ve got several of his cookbooks dating back to the 1990s on my shelves, but have never really cooked from them that much. But recently they’ve been calling to me. Maybe I had to grow up to fully appreciate his simple yet sophisticated approach to home cooking that manages to be elegant yet unpretentious and pragmatic all at the same time?
We enjoyed these red wine and cassis soaked strawberries for dessert on Easter Sunday. Rod and I thought they were delicious, even though I somehow managed to leave out the tablespoon of shredded fresh mint. And my mom, who is not a red wine fan, thought they were good. They’re perfect when you want a light, simple, easy and delicious spring/summer dessert that you can make in minutes and refrigerate up to 8 hours before serving.
Jacques suggests you serve them with cookies.
- 3 cups ripe strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced or quartered
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons creme de cassis (black currant liquor)
- ¾ cup fruity dry red wine (such as Merlot)
- 1 tablespoon shredded fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
- In a bowl, mix together the berries, sugar, liqueur, wine and mint. Serve or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 8 hours before serving.
- To serve, divide the berries and liquid evenly among 4 wine goblets and top with a dollop of whipped cream.
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