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Macerated Strawberries with a Haitian Twist

macerated strawberries - rum barbancourt

Sunshine, warm breezes, and the sweet taste of summer berries – what’s not to love? Today, we’re taking things up a notch with a simple yet elegant dessert that bursts with flavor: macerated strawberries with Rhum Barbancourt.

Strawberries are a true delight, and there are countless ways to enjoy them. But this year, why not ditch the plain bowl of fruit and elevate your tastebuds with a simple yet sophisticated recipe: Macerated Strawberries with Rhum Barbancourt.

This recipe takes advantage of Rhum Barbancourt, a Haitian rum known for its smooth taste and rich sugarcane aroma. The rum gently coaxes the sweetness and fragrance out of the strawberries, creating a delightful explosion of flavor in every bite.

macerated strawberries - rum barbancourt
Macerated Strawberries – Rum Barbancourt

A Simple Macerated Strawberries Recipe with Endless Potential

The beauty of macerated strawberries lies in its simplicity. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh strawberries, sliced (ripe for the best flavor!)
  • Sugar (adjust to your taste preference)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Rhum Barbancourt
  • Optional: Fresh mint leaves, lemon juice
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries

In just a few steps, you’ll have a delicious dessert ready to impress:

  1. Combine sliced strawberries and sugar in a bowl. Let them sit for 15 minutes to an hour, allowing the juices to flow.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and a splash of Rhum Barbancourt – start with a tablespoon and adjust to your desired level of booziness.
  3. Want a touch of freshness? Throw in grated lemon zest, some mint leaves, or a squeeze of lemon juice.

That’s it!

macerated strawberries - rum barbancourt
Macerated Strawberries – Rum Barbancourt

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Maceration

Here are a few pointers to take your macerated strawberries to the next level:

  • Ripe is Right: For the most robust flavor, use ripe strawberries. Not only will they be sweeter, but they’ll also release their juices more readily.
  • The Sugar Dance: The amount of sugar depends on your taste and the sweetness of your strawberries. Start with a 1/4 cup of sugar per cup of berries and adjust to your preference.
  • Not-So-Juicy Berries? Don’t fret! A tablespoon or two of water or even some additional liqueur can help coax the juices out.
  • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy your macerated strawberries on their own, or get creative! They pair beautifully with ice cream, yogurt, cakes, tarts, or even pancakes.

Take it Up a Notch with Variations!

Now, let’s explore some ways to personalize your macerated strawberries:

Citrusy Twist: For a brighter flavor profile, add a teaspoon of grated lemon or orange zest along with the sugar. The zest will infuse the berries with a delightful citrus aroma.

Warm it Up: Embrace the warm notes of the Rhum Barbancourt with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. A pinch goes a long way, so start small and taste as you go.

Berry Bonanza: Don’t limit yourself to strawberries! This recipe works beautifully with other summer fruits. Here are some ideas:

  • Stone Fruit Samba: Swap the strawberries for peaches, nectarines, or plums (pitted and sliced of course). These fruits pair wonderfully with the rum and a touch of cinnamon can be a delightful addition.
  • Mixed Berry Medley: Combine strawberries with raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries for a vibrant and flavorful mix.
  • Tropical Twist: Feeling adventurous? Mango, pineapple, or kiwi can add a touch of the tropics to your macerated fruit.

Serving Suggestions: Enjoy your macerated strawberries on their own, or get creative! They pair beautifully with ice cream, yogurt, cakes, tarts, or even pancakes.

Macerated strawberries - rum barbancourt
Macerated Strawberries – Rum Barbancourt

Here’s the scoop on Macerated Strawberries with Rum Barbancourt:

  • Freshness: For the best flavor, use ripe, in-season strawberries. However, frozen strawberries work in a pinch (see below).
  • Sugar: Adjust the sugar to your taste. Start with a little and add more for a sweeter maceration.
  • Citrus: A squeeze of lemon or orange juice can brighten the flavors.
  • Vanilla: A touch of vanilla extract adds another layer of complexity.
  • Herbs: Fresh mint or basil can be a delightful addition.

Using Frozen Strawberries:

Frozen strawberries work well, but they’ll be softer and release more liquid. Thaw them completely and drain any excess juice before macerating. You might need slightly less sugar as they’ll be sweeter than fresh berries.

Making Ahead:

Macerated strawberries can be made up to 4 hours ahead of serving. The longer they sit, the more intense the rum flavor will be.

Freezing Macerated Fruits:

Technically, you can freeze macerated fruits, but the texture won’t be ideal. Strawberries will become mushy upon thawing. Macerated fruits are best enjoyed fresh.

Substitutions:

  • Rum: Any dark rum can be used instead of Barbancourt. Consider other aged rums for a similar profile.
  • Alcohol: You can experiment with other liquors like brandy, Grand Marnier, or even kirsch (cherry brandy) for a different twist.

Enjoy! Macerated strawberries are a versatile dessert topping. Serve them over ice cream, pound cake, or angel food cake. They can also be incorporated into yogurt parfaits or folded into whipped cream.

Additional Tips and Pairings

There are many ways to serve your delicious macerated strawberries with Haitian rum Barbancourt! Here are some ideas for all occasions:

Classic Pairings:

  • Over Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream is the ultimate canvas for these juicy strawberries. Spoon the macerated mixture right over the top, letting the sauce drizzle down the sides.
  • Pound Cake or Angel Food Cake: These light and airy cakes provide a perfect base for the boozy berries. A dollop of whipped cream adds a touch of luxury.
  • Yogurt Parfait: Layer your macerated strawberries with plain yogurt, granola, and chopped nuts for a healthy and satisfying breakfast or dessert parfait.

Elegant Presentations:

  • In Spoons or Small Bowls: For a sophisticated touch, serve the macerated strawberries in individual spoons or small compotes. Add a sprig of fresh mint for a touch of green.
  • Over Ladyfingers or Biscotti: Ditch the spoon and let your guests dunk ladyfingers or biscotti into the boozy berry mixture.
  • As a Cake Filling: Fold the macerated strawberries (without too much juice) into whipped cream to create a delightful cake filling.

Creative Twists:

  • Pancakes or Waffles: Spoon the macerated strawberries over hot pancakes or waffles for a decadent brunch treat.
  • In Cocktails: Muddle a few macerated strawberries with some fresh mint for a delightful summer cocktail. Strain and add your favorite rum for an extra kick.
  • Over Cheese: Macerated strawberries can surprisingly complement a cheese plate. Pair them with brie, goat cheese, or creamy blue cheese.

No matter how you choose to serve them, your macerated strawberries are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

A Taste of Haiti

Since we’re using Rhum Barbancourt, why not extend the Haitian influence? Explore other Haitian flavors to complement your dish. A splash of vanilla extract with a hint of almond or a pinch of grated nutmeg can add a delightful depth to your macerated strawberries.

So ditch the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. With minimal effort, you can create a dessert that’s bursting with flavor and a touch of island flair. Impress your guests or enjoy a delightful summer treat yourself – macerated strawberries with Rhum Barbancourt are sure to become a new favorite.

macerated strawberries - rum barbancourt

Macerated Strawberries with a Haitian Twist

Indulge in sunshine with this easy recipe for Macerated Strawberries with Haitian Rum Barbancourt! Fresh berries, sugar, rum, and a touch of vanilla and lemon zest create a delightful dessert topping in just 30 minutes. Perfect over ice cream, pound cake, or yogurt parfaits.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Caribbean Fusion, Haitian Cuisine
Servings 4
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Strawberries about 4 cups fresh, ripe
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Rum Barbancourt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon zest, grated

Instructions
 

  • Hull the strawberries: Remove the green caps from the strawberries.
  • Slice the strawberries: Thinly slice the strawberries or halve them if they’re small.
  • Combine in a bowl: In a large bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, rum Barbancourt, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
  • Macerate: Gently toss the mixture to coat the strawberries evenly. Let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve: Serve the macerated strawberries chilled, spooned over ice cream, pound cake, or enjoyed on their own.

Notes

  • For the best flavor, use ripe, in-season strawberries.
  • Adjust the sugar to your taste. Start with a little and add more for a sweeter maceration.
  • A squeeze of lemon or orange juice can brighten the flavors.
  • Fresh mint or basil can be a delightful addition.
  • Enjoy! Macerated strawberries are a versatile dessert topping. Serve them over ice cream, pound cake, or angel food cake. They can also be incorporated into yogurt parfaits or folded into whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 81mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Dessert Topping, Easy recipe, Fresh Strawberries, Haitian Rum Barbancourt, Macerated Strawberries
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