Strawberry Fool


Strawberry Fool

This recipe is in the spirit of April Fools’ Day but it is no joke! Strawberry Fool is an old fashioned British dessert. It’s simple, elegant and delicious. The gist of it is blending fresh fruit with whipping cream. Sometimes it’s the simplest of recipes that last the test of time. In fact, Strawberry Fool (or Foole) dates back to the 16th century! Think of this as a light and fluffy strawberry yogurt.

Some recommend using mascarpone or fromage frais (a soft, unaged, creamy fresh cheese made out of whole or skimmed milk and cream popular in France) instead of whipping cream. If you want a richer more cheesecake like dessert you can go that route. But for the classic light and fluffy treat, feel free to stick with whipping cream.

Florida Strawberry Fool

  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Rinse the fresh strawberries, here are some tips, then remove tops and slice the berries into 1/4 inch slices. Sprinkle with half of the sugar and stir to macerate around 10-15 minutes.
Place half the macerated strawberries and all the juice in a blender, and purée. Pour purée back in bowl with chopped strawberries.
In a chilled bowl, whip the cream with the remaining sugar and vanilla until cream is stiff and holds peaks. Use a spatula to fold strawberries into the cream and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to two hours. Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries.
You can also crush graham crackers to add a little sweet crunch!

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