These Amaretto Macerated Berries made with a mixture of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and Amaretto make the perfect grown up dessert.
With Passover and Easter on the horizon, this would make a tasty addition to your desert menu; especially since these Amaretto Macerated Berries take about 5 minutes to make + resting time and are absolutely delicious.
Top your favorite ice cream or poundcake for a quick and easy grown up dessert.
I first saw a recipe for macerated fruit in a magazine a while back, but I didn't care for the taste of the alcohol they used and thought Amaretto, or an almond liquor, would taste much better and boy was I right.
What does Macerated mean?
'Macerating' in cooking refers to the steeping of a food, usually fruit, in a liquor with sugar; which softens the fruit and infuses the liquor into the fruit.
It's usually made with fresh fruit and generally is only good for about 4 hours before the fruit turns to mush. I had a bag of frozen mixed berries so I decided to try macerating the frozen berries instead.
How do you make Amaretto Macerated Berries?
I combined Amaretto, sugar, and lemon juice with the frozen berries; then placed them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. After 2 hours, the fruit was still frozen.
At 4 hours, they had defrosted, but didn't fully have that infused flavor of almond. I decided to keep them refrigerated overnight and perfection!
By using the frozen berries instead of fresh fruit, it allowed us to enjoy these berries for about 2 days before they became too soft to eat.
However, if you prefer using fresh berries, use the macerated berries within 4 hours of steeping.
We ate our Amaretto Macerated Berries over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, but I bet they would also taste amazing over pound cake. Besides the refrigeration step, it only took 5 minutes to make so this would make a wonderful make-ahead dessert option for your next dinner party or family gathering. ~Enjoy!
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Amaretto Macerated Berries
- 1 lb. Frozen Mixed Berries
- 2 tbsp. Amaretto Liquor
- 2 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
- 2 tsp. Lemon Juice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl; then store in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight. Serve on top of ice cream or pound cake. Will last 2 days refrigerated.
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