Jun 23, 2015

Strawberry and Raspberry Fool


Hello summer! I love June not only because I was a June bride (we just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on June 19!) but because it means the beginning of berry season. From here on the freshest and juiciest strawberries begin to appear on the market to be followed by raspberries, blueberries, cherries, you name it!


I am grateful that both my kids love fruits - pretty much all kind of fruits but especially berries. That means it's not as tricky to make them eat fruits as opposed to vegetables which occasionally require some hard coaxing. One of the easiest desserts that I make for them when berries abound is a creamy fruity Fool.


This classic English dessert has been enjoyed since the 17th century and it's not a surprise because despite its silly sounding name it's actually a delicious and refreshing dessert, not to mention, very quick and easy to make, too! I read that the word 'fool' was originally spelled 'foole' and was derived from the French verb 'fouler' which means to crush or press hard which is essentially what you do when you break down the fruits by pureeing it. The crushed fruits are then folded into whipped cream to produce a creamy and fruity dessert. What we love is the versatility of this dessert as the taste can be as varied as the fruits you choose to use. You can even make a low-fat, healthier version by using yogurt instead of cream but for this version we are sticking a little closer to the original. Don't let summer pass without trying this quick, easy and yummy dessert!


Strawberry and Raspberry Fool






A yummy, quick and super-easy way to enjoy summer berries! Puree the berry or fruit of choice, fold into the sweetened whipped cream and voila - a fruity-licious and creamy Strawberry and Raspberry Fool that everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy or double cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla or Almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups each Raspberries and Strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey or to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the heavy cream, sugar and extract in a bowl of an electric mixer and beat until stiff peaks form.
  2. In a blender puree the berries with the yogurt and honey. Adjust the sweetness to taste. Set aside 1/3 cup of the puree.
  3. Fold the remaining berry mixture into the cream. Divide evenly into 6 small bowls or glasses.
  4. Drizzle a little of the puree on top and garnish with some more berries. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate if not using right away.
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes

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23 comments

  1. I've never heard it called a fool before, but I would definitely be a fool for this lovely looking berry dessert!

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  2. I had never had of a "fool", until literally yesterday, so seeing this recipe today is so timely. My kids would love this; they too love fruit.

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  3. This looks like the PERFECT summertime treat. YUM!!

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  4. I just want to do a faceplant into these, they look so good! I love recipes like this, where fruit and yogurt are mixed with whipped cream.

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  5. Gorgeous fool Abby! I've made a cranberry fool before. Fools are so simple, easy and refreshing. Love your flavor combination here, and I think the almond extract would be delicious! Yum!

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  6. This is my kind of fool! Love the strawberry and raspberry combination.

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  7. This is looks delicious. I love that you explained the name. I love food history.

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  8. My kids love berries too! This looks like the perfect way to showcase the great strawberries and raspberries I'm finding at the farmer's market, can't wait to try it!

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  9. I love quick and easy desserts especially during summer! I also love strawberries!

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  10. Strawberries and cream? This is my kind of dessert! :)

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  11. These look incredible!! I had no idea fools were so easy to make, will definitely be trying this one :)

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  12. Dear Abigail, what a wonderfully light and summery dessert. This sounds so delightful. Happy Anniversary to you as well dear. xo, Catherine

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  13. I've always wanted to make one of these!

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  14. This looks so delicious. We've got strawberries coming in right now so I'll give this a try. It's sure to be a hit with my youngest daughter who is a berry lover!

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  15. Ahh happy Anniversary and perfect timing for these berries- Seriously, the best things about June food wise is the berries- This dessert looks amazing!

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  16. You know, I have never tried a fool before. I can't believe how easy they are to make. with all these berries on hand, this is a great recipe for me to try. Happy anniversary too :) It was my 12th this year as well.

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  17. Mmmmm, what an amazing looking dessert. So summer delicious!!

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  18. Happy belated anniversary!
    Haha, the name does sound silly. I have never heard of a fool, but am definitely wanting to try it out!!

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  19. Yes, please send me some now!

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  20. I love this pretty summer berry recipe! Ripe raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are happening now at our place. Looks like I have a new way for us to enjoy them! Pinning

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  21. This is brilliant. My kids would go bonkers for it!

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  22. This looks so delicious! Love the simple ingredients to highlight the amazing fruits of summer!

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