Berry Fool

The origin of April Fools’ Day (or All Fools’ Day) is unclear, but we celebrate in ignorance simply because…well, it’s fun!

In light of the day, I could not resist making something with “Fool” in the title. I love making things with unique ingredients and having the Husband see if he can figure it out. This dessert was no exception. It featured a “secret ingredient” that one would not expect in a light and fruity treat. Thus, the name: Berry Fool.

It only take six ingredients to create this, and six minutes to eat it all yourself. (Just kidding. I wouldn’t know about that….)

Berry Fool

Recipe found in Food and Wine’s Quick From Scratch Herbs and Spices

  • 1 1/3 cups fresh (or frozen) raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 T. Grand Mariner
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries (1 pound), 4 reserved, the remainder hulled and quartered
  • and……………….are you ready for this?
  • 1 teaspoon………………………………………………….


Here’s how you make it:

In a small saucepan combine the raspberries and sugar and simmer over low heat. Stir occasionally and cook until berries are soft and sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Strain into a medium bowl, pressing the berries to get all the juice. Stir in the pepper and chill until completely cold, about 15 minutes. Stir in the liqueur. I only had run in the house, and that worked well as a substitution for the Grand Mariner.

With your Kitchen Aid (you know, the one you may not have had until you read my compelling plea to do everything in your power to get one? and if that was not motivation enough, check out david lebovitz’ visit to the KitchenAid FACTORY), beat the heavy cream until it holds firm peaks. Fold in the raspberry mixture and quartered strawberries just until combined.
Serve in stemmed glasses and garnish with reserved strawberries.

The pepper adds an unexpected kick to this light dessert without being overpowering. I was surprised that I could not really distinguish the flavour of the pepper, but felt the effect of its presence in each bite. Also, since there is no sugar added to the whipped cream, this is not an overwhelmingly sweet dish. Which is good, because I…..

ate it all myself.

April Fool!

Or not.

3 thoughts on “Berry Fool

  1. wow Chanelle, that sounds great!!! Except… I’m not a big fan of raspberries, but I bet any ole berry would have done as well. Grand Marnier would have made it a little sweeter.

    I love the pepper with fruit idea… I have a pineapple recipe that calls for it. Also, strawberries are great with honey and chili powder.

    Gotta keep ’em guessing.

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