A Simple Fool

It is still a little early for strawberry season, although in the Deep South it is just beginning. My grocery store has had strawberries for the past couple weeks and I finally bought some! They were actually pretty good for this early in the season. If like me, you are yearning for the fresh fruit of summer, check out Mrs. G.F.’s post about Community Supported Agriculture. I was pleased to find that there were several farms near me that were still accepting members.

Oh, I made strawberry fools today.

A fool is an old-fashioned English dessert that is made from pureed fruit and whipped cream or custard. It can be made with a variety of different fruits. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or kiwi make great fools.

I love the simplicity of this dessert. I love that it is naturally gluten-free! This is the perfect dessert to throw together for last minute company- it’s fool proof!

strawberry fools dessert A Simple Fool


1 cup fresh fruit, strawberries in this case

2-3 Tablespoons of sugar

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 Tablespoon of sugar

Puree about 3/4 cup of the fresh fruit with 2-3 Tablespoons of sugar. Sweeten to taste- When you use fresh fruit there is no way to know, without tasting, the exact amount of sugar needed. Refrigerate the puree for several hours or overnight.

Place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the refrigerator for a few minutes until cold. Whip the cream and a tablespoon of sugar until soft peaks form. Gently fold in the fruit puree- leaving some white streaks of cream. Transfer into wine glasses and layer with the left-over strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for up to four hours before serving time.

You may consider adding liqueur or orange/lemon zest.

Serves 4.

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