The simple treatment of fruit for dessert is an Italian signature. Enhancements range from fruit tossed with citrus juice, to being doused with wine or – common in the region of Emilia-Romagna – dressed with a splash of balsamic vinegar, to the liqueur-flavoured syrup here. Serves 4.
500 gm strawberries, hulled and halved if large
50 gm (¼ cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
60 ml black sambuca
250 gm mascarpone
1½ tbsp icing sugar, sifted
Place mascarpone and icing sugar in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Serve warm strawberries with mascarpone passed separately.