Fool may be a funny name for a dessert, but it is absolutely delicious and oh, so easy to make.
This classic British fruit and cream dessert has been around since at least the 16th century. The name comes from the French verb fouler, which means to press or mash. It’s made by pureeing fruit with sugar and often times some sort of liqueur. Grand Marnier, an orange flavored brandy works well since the orange flavor compliments most fruits. A touch of orange zest enhances the citrus flavor, without overpowering the taste of the fruit.
Sometimes the fruit mixture is cooked first and breaks down during the cooking process. In this recipe, the fruit is simply pureed in a blender or food processor. The fruit is then folded into whipped cream. Similar to a fruit pudding or mousse, it’s the prefect dessert for a fresh spring meal. Serve in small, decorative bowls or fluted glasses. Garnish with some fresh fruit and additional whipped cream, if desired.
Use any berry that you like or a combination. Strawberries and raspberries are personal favorites. Once the dessert has been made and chilled, it can be eaten as is, layered with more fruit and granola for a luscious parfait or trifle. It can also be poured into an ice cream maker for a simple, but delicious frozen treat.
- 1 pound strawberries, washed and quartered
- 1/3 cup sugar or more, if needed
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, brandy or orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a blender or food processor, combine berries, sugar, orange liqueur, and orange zest; puree until smooth. This may be made in advance and chilled until ready to use.
For best results when whipping cream, chill the bowl and whisk attachment before starting. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, continue beating to stiff peaks. Gently, fold the whipped cream into the strawberry mixture. It’s okay if there are still some white streaks.
Serve in little bowls and garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.
Makes 4-6 servings
Broken Arrow farmer’s market
Broken Arrow’s third annual farmer’s market is scheduled to open in less than one month. Saturday, April 16 will be the start of the season that will run through mid October. This year, the market hours will be on Saturdays only from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Check back here often for farmer’s market updates and pictures once the market is in full swing.