One of the oldest English desserts, having been mentioned as early as the 15th century, is the fool. Originally spelled foole, the e was dropped sometime during the ensuing centuries. The term fool has come to mean a simpleton or someone lacking in common sense (aren’t we are all acquainted with at least one or two?), and although the name of the dessert is probably not related to that definition, it is so easy to make, it would take a real “fool” to mess it up! This simple dessert is made of sweetened fresh or stewed fruit mixed with heavy whipped cream and sometimes yogurt or custard. Gooseberry fool and rhubarb fool are very popular in England and can be found in most grocery stores on the aisle near the yogurt.
The following recipe for luscious Fresh Berry Fool is very quick and easy to make; in fact, it can be made in less than 15 minutes. It is also beautiful, so it can be served to company; it can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days before serving. If there are fresh berries in the kitchen, you’d be a fool not to make it for dinner tonight!
1/2 cup fresh blackberries
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
2/3 cup Greek-style yogurt
Fresh berries, for garnish
- Using a fork, coarsely mash the berries with the sugar; set aside.
- Whip the cream until stiff peaks form; fold in the yogurt.
- Stir in the fruit.
- Spoon the dessert into four parfait or other fancy glass dishes.
- Cover and refrigerate for up to two days.
- Garnish with additional berries before serving.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 353 Calories from Fat 212
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 60% Protein 3% Carb. 37%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 24 g
Saturated Fat 15 g
Cholesterol 87 mg
Sodium 42 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 25 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 14% Calcium 0% Iron 1%