A simple but useful dessert sauce that serves as a wonderful accompaniment to things like panna cotta and other creamy desserts, as the tartness of the strawberries cuts through the richness of the cream, while its sweetness ensures a good blend of tastes.
Ingredients (Makes 1½ cups)
1 cup strawberries, diced
2 Tbsps Cointreau or Grand Marnier
2 Tbsps sugar
In a bowl, mix the strawberries, liquor and sugar. Toss well to make sure that everything is mixed together.
Allow it to macerate in the refrigerator for an hour or two. The sugar draws moisture out of the strawberries, creating a syrupy-sweet strawberry sauce for you with no effort at all.
Using a hand-held blender, blend everything roughly, leaving a few small chunks of strawberry to give the compote some bite, and use accordingly with your dessert.