Fast Recipes

Warm strawberries with black sambuca and mascarpone

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast Italian dessert recipe for warm strawberries with black sambucca and mascarpone

By Rodney Dunn
  • Serves 4

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. 


  • 20 gm unsalted butter
  • 500 gm strawberries, hulled and halved if large
  • 50 gm brown sugar (¼ cup, firmly packed)
  • 60 ml black sambuca
  • 250 gm mascarpone
  • 1½ tbsp icing sugar, sifted


  • 1
    Melt butter in a large frying pan, add strawberries, sprinkle with brown sugar and drizzle sambuca over. Cook, stirring occasionally, over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until strawberries are soft. Divide strawberries and cooking liquid among four heatproof glasses or bowls.
  • 2
    Place mascarpone and icing sugar in
    a small bowl and stir until well combined. Serve warm strawberries with mascarpone passed separately.