I love serving fresh fruit as an easy summer dessert. I usually just make a fruit salad out of whatever looks good at the grocery store or farmers’ market that week. Occasionally you need something a little fancier to bring with you to a potluck or to serve at a dinner party. That is where this dish comes in. It takes about 5 minutes to put together, and can be made the night before. The berries are the main star of the dish with a couple of other ingredients as supporting roles. By combining the ingredients and allowing them to macerate, you create a wonderful fruit syrup along with the berries. The berries can be served alone with some whipped cream and mint springs, or with anything from simple baking powder drop biscuits to fancy meringues.
Easy Summer Berries
- 6 cups of mixed berries, rinsed // I used a mixture of cut up strawberries and blueberries. In the past I’ve also added raspberries and blackberries.
- seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean or 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp Grand Marnier or another orange-flavored brandy liqueur (optional) // I will omit this if I know that there will be children or pregnant ladies present
- Put your berries in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle the sugar and vanilla seeds over the top. Add the Grand Marnier, if using.
- Gently mix together.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and leave out on the counter for a couple of hours. Or place in the refrigerator overnight.
- Gently stir once more immediately before serving. Make sure to serve the berries along with the yummy juice that has collected at the bottom of the bowl.
The berries will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, if you don’t eat them all before that.