Have you ever felt like a fool on Valentines day? Why not ensure that this time will be better? If you create this Beautiful Berry Fool for a special someone or for yourself on Valentines, you’ll be the smart one, trust me! This British dessert is a timeless classic and as soon as you taste it, you’ll know why. No one really remembers why exactly it’s called a Berry Fool. There are many theories, but I prefer to concentrate on how lovely and beautiful this dessert really is.
This dessert treat is created with a strained puree of raspberries and strawberries, but it can be made with just about any juicy berries. Gelatin is added to give the puree a firmer consistency so it will hold it’s own when swirled with the billowy mounds of whip cream. No, this is not Jell-O mixed with cool whip! That my friends, is a sad nock-off of the true greatness of Berry Fool.
This dessert is easy to assemble, and does require a food processor or blender. I also found my stand mixer handy for this recipe, but it’s definitely not necessary. The fruit puree can be made ahead of time, and I would recommend you do this. Make the puree, set it in the fridge, and move on to cooking dinner or other fun things on your to do list while it sets up. It needs at least two hours in the fridge to thicken up.
There are other components to building a classically beautiful Berry Fool. Fruit that is not pureed but instead chopped, is tossed with sugar to sweeten and become juicy. This fruit is place in the bottom of your parfait glass, under the whip cream/puree mixture. Then another layer of chopped fruit is added on top. Then a nice big dollop of whip cream sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs tops the whole thing off. My favorite garnish is the mint sprig. It makes this dessert look like a classy indulgence. So pretty!
You may notice in my photographs there is no graham cracker crumbs. That’s because I flat out forgot them! Am I going to re-shoot? Nah. It’s delicious either way, but I did sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs on a ‘bed-time’ snack portion I had, and it was very satisfying. Mmmm. Hmmm! I really liked the little bit of crunch that contrasts with the rich smoothness of whip cream. What a special treat this is and I hope you try it and leave a comment below about your experience :0) Enjoy!