Five years ago, when we were still living in Dallas, Texas, we used to go to a French Cafe called La Madeline. There is a refreshing dessert that I almost always order. I have tried to replicate that dessert here.
(Adapted from Refreshing after Dinner Treats by Joanne Poon.)
Sprinkle sugar over cleaned strawberries and chill for 1 hour. Add a little Grand Marnier and/or a little Sherry and chill for another 1 hour.
Note: To reduce the marination/refrigeration time, gently dry the washed strawberries using a paper towel, cut the strawberries into smaller pieces, sprinkle sugar and add liquor at the same time.
Optionally, you can top the strawberries with vanilla cream by beating 200g mascarpone cheese, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 cup fresh cream, 1 pod vanilla pod (cut pod vertically and use only the insides). Vanilla pods are expensive, so, often I substitute with 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence.