Strawberries with Wine

  • Serves

    serves 4

  • Cook

    40 minutes


Red wine is reduced with spices and bright citrus zest and then drizzled over fresh strawberries, ice cream, and grilled bread in this delicious, simple dessert.


  • 2 cups red wine
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • ml Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices white country bread, sliced 3/4-inch thick
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Mint leaves, to garnish


Step 1

In a medium saucepan, stir the wine with the sugar, bay leaf, cinnamon, both zests, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until reduced to 1⁄3 cup, about 30 minutes. Pour the sauce through a fine sieve into a bowl and keep warm.

Step 2

Light a grill. Brush the bread with the olive oil, and then grill, turning once, until charred on both sides, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 3

To serve, divide the toast between 4 plates and top each with a scoop of ice cream and some of the strawberries. Drizzle the wine syrup over the berries, and garnish with mint.