Mixed Berries: Berries with Lemon Mint Syrup

posted by Meryl 06-12-102 3:03 PM

Berries with Lemon Mint Syrup

"Crushed mint leaves and strips of lemon peel are steeped in a sugar syrup, which is then tossed with fresh berries for a refreshingly light fruit compote."

1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup firmly packed mint leaves and tender stems, crushed, plus 4 sprigs for garnish (optional), or 1/3 cup dried mint
Zest from 1 lemon, cut off in 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 1/2 quarts mixed berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and quartered strawberries

In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, mint leaves and stems or dried mint, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 20 minutes. If using fresh mint, remove it and the lemon zest with a slotted spoon and discard. If using dried mint, strain the syrup.
Toss with berries.

Serves 4.

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