Ever since I tried to make Strawberry flavored sauce using the Favorite Sauce recipe, I have been unhappy with the results, and have tried several other recipes, including one for Strawberry Hard Sauce, which turned out to be a flavored butter. None of these recipes left us with the fresh strawberry showing through. Now I can give you a recipe that does. This Strawberry Sauce could also be called Macerated Strawberries. I think if you are into strawberries and want to use them as a sauce, this is your way to go.
- 16 oz. strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice, cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Taste the resulting sauce, and if not sweet enough, add more sugar. Some recipes go to 1/2 cup of sugar, while others start with only 2 Tablespoons of sugar. Some recipes use heat- bringing the mix to a boil and simmering a couple minutes to start the process and then only take a couple hours to bring the sauce to its finished state.
This process is known as maceration; it is similar to marination but with a sweet liquid. It tends to draw the liquid out of the fresh fruit, and add the flavor of the macerate to the fruit – in this case, sweetness of sugar. It works with other fruits, too.