Morbid Meals – Berry Fool

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EXAMINATION

According to The Berry Bible, Berry Fools most likely get their name from the French word foulé, meaning “crushed or pressed.” Featuring berries and cream, a berry fool is a delicious treat that only a fool would pass up. That makes it the perfect compliment to The Fool tarot card, and a great treat for April Fool’s.

ANALYSIS

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

1/2 pound fresh (or thawed from frozen) berries of your choice
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
1 Tbsp powdered confectioner’s sugar

Apparatus

  • Medium saucepan
  • Beater or electric hand mixer

Procedure

  1. Rinse your berries and drain them to remove grit and such from the berries.
  2. In your medium saucepan over low heat, combine the berries and granulated sugar. Stir until the berries are soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Raise heat to medium and crush the berries with a fork and stir to combine, creating a compote.
  4. Reduce heat again to low and simmer until the compote has thickened as desired.
  5. Refrigerate the berries to chill them at least to room temperature, or cooler if you like.
  6. Once the berries have chilled, make the whipped cream by mixing the cream and powdered sugar in a bowl with an electric hand mixer, until stiff peaks form.
  7. In a serving glass, layer cream, then fruit, and repeat, folding gently to allow the flavors to start to combine.
  8. Serve with a wafer cookie or a small slice of pound cake.

DISSECTION

If you have a favorite compote or preserves, feel free to use that instead of cooking your own, but make the whipped cream yourself, for goodness sake. Any fool can whip cream.

POST-MORTEM

So simple but so light and tasty. Fresh berries definitely make the difference, but I have had great success using frozen berries as well.

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