History: A “fool” is a very old dessert dating back hundreds of years. This recipe was taken from:
A fine dessert by Emily Jenkins (Picture book)
Time and Effort: Quick and easy provided you have an electric beater. A young child could learn to make this dessert.
Worth adding to your Repertoire: Absolutely!
While visiting public libraries my favorite area to browse is the Children’s section, and I especially enjoy picture books. About a month ago I ran across one about a dessert that is over 300 years old! A “Fool” is a dessert consisting basically of fruit and whipped cream spun together into a light, luscious bit of summer. For something so simple, it was quite a daunting task in 1710. I mean, have you ever whipped cream by hand? I definitely have not. Sure, I have seen hand beaters before, but those didn’t exist 300 years ago. What did exist in 1710 was a bundle of twigs. I repeat a bundle of twigs!
This lovely story book tells of generations making this delightful treat. I recommend the book and the dessert!
A fine dessert /Emily Jenkins (Picture book)
2 1/2 fresh blackberries*
1/2 cup sugar, divided in two
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 heavy cream
Mash berries with potato masher or a large fork. IF you’ve got a food processor you an use that. With clean hands, press the crushed berries through a sieve to remove seeds. Sprinkle the fruit with 1/4 cups of sugar. Stir.
In a separate bowl beat heavy cream to a soft peak add remaining 1/4 sugar and vanilla.
Fold the sugared berries into the whipped cream. Taste it to see if it’s sweet enough. Add more sugar if needed.
Refrigerate for 3 hours or more.
*I didn’t have blackberries (I am not a fan) So I substituted blueberries.