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Balsamic Macerated Strawberries

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Balsamic Macerated Strawberries
Quintessentially Italian, this simple dessert is stunning on its own, and can be served with sliced peaches or Vanilla Tofu Whip. Buy organic berries at peak season, and wipe gently. Strawberries lose a great deal of texture and flavor when washed in running water. If you feel you must wash them, dry individually with a paper towel to absorb as much water as possible.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pints organic strawberries, wiped with a damp cloth, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or raw honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Mint sprigs for garnish

Preparation:

Place berries in a small mixing bowl with agave and toss gently.

Cover and allow berries to macerate for at least two hours, stirring occasionally. Traditionally, the berries are not refrigerated, but it’s fine to do so. A thick, ruby red syrup will form as the berries sit.

When ready to serve, add the balsamic vinegar, and stir. If you like, add several chopped mint leaves to the berries; otherwise just garnish them with whole mint sprigs.

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