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Fresh Berry Fool

julio 22, 2022

While certainly not light on the calorie counter, this berry fool (from the French ‘fouler’ meaning ‘to mash’) is shockingly airy on the palate. It’s that contrast between the rich, fluffy cream and the syrupy, tangy fruit that makes this so much greater than the sum of its parts.


1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blackberries, broken in half
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup white sugar
1 cup chilled heavy cream
¼ cup creme fraiche
1 tablespoon white sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup crushed shortbread cookies


Step 1
Place raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries in a bowl. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is mixed with fruit and juices begin to form. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Step 2
Place heavy cream and creme fraiche in a cold bowl. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk until mixture has soft peaks and sharp lines, 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 3
Place some cookie crumbs in the bottom of each serving dish. Spoon in some of the fruit and a layer of whipped cream. Repeat layers, ending with a sprinkle of cookie crumbs.