Fresh berry fool

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15 min


1 h 15 min


6 servings

* PLUS chilling time
Fresh berry fool

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Often made with gooseberries, "fools" are wonderful with most berries. This elegant dessert is never out of fashion.


  • 5 cups hulled blackberries , raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp brandy , or rum (optional)
  • 250-mL container 35% cream , about 1 cup
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint , optional


  • Reserve a few berries for garnish. Puree berries, using a coarse sieve, the medium disk of a food mill, or a food processor. If using blackberries or raspberries, strain puree.
  • Stir puree with sugar and brandy. Let stand for 1 hour at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours.
  • Just before serving, whip cream. Gently fold into puree. Turn into a large bowl or 6 individual bowls. Decorate with berries and sprigs of fresh mint, if you like.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 328,
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49.5 g,
  • Fat
  • 15.2 g,