February 14, 2016

STRAWBERRY FOOL

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If you love whipped cream, then a Strawberry Fool is the dessert for you. With whipped cream and swirls of strawberry puree, it is a mouthful of pillowy, airy, and fruity goodness! Serve some for a special Valentine's Day treat!


Strawberry Fool

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Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you have great day! It's after 1:00 am and the hubs and I got back home little while ago from a Valentine's dinner cruise that our daughter graciously sent us on. It was fantastic and the food was superb! The only downside was it took only two minutes to freeze our faces off walking from the cruise ship back to the parking garage because it was literally subzero out. During the cruise I did my duty to help finish off a bottle of champagne as well as an espresso martini. Now I just want to go to sleep, but before doing so I have to get this post out of the way. So, if there are a few flubs in the post, you'll know why! My guess is by the time I'm done, I will have caught my second wind and won't be able to fall asleep tonight.


Strawberry Fool

I was not sure that I would have anything to share with you this week, but I was able to sneak this one in by the skin of my teeth! How ironic, because at the beginning of the week I had a recipe picked out and even conducted a partial recipe testing. Then without a replacement in mind, I felt the need to scrap the recipe because it was a savory dish. Since I haven't done a Valentine's Day type of dish, one was in order. After flip-flopping, it finally occurred to me that a Strawberry Fool is the perfect solution.

This dessert is English in origin. After reading from a number of sources, I concluded it might have originated in the 15th, 16th, or 17th century (great research skills, huh?). Since I don’t really need the hard facts, let’s just say fruit fools have been around for a while! Traditionally, it was made with custard and stewed fruit, but the modern version uses whipped cream and pureed fruit. All I have to say is whoever came up with the idea must have had me in mind, because I LOVE sweetened fresh whipped cream (you don't know how many times I just want to scarf down a large bowl of it)! Fruit fool is all about a whole lot of whipped cream and a good amount of sweetened pureed fruit. Sounds like a magical combination to me!

Strawberry Fool

Fruit fool is creamy, fruity, and pillowy. It tastes light, with a just the right amount of sweetness. What’s great is you can completely control the amount of sweetness to suit your taste without affecting the integrity of the dessert. Usually the dessert is prepared with mashed uncooked fruit, but I like to cook mine until the juice is reduced and becomes syrupy. It's up to you to choose the method you'd like to take.

The pink and white tones in this glass of whipped cream lusciousness is perfect for Valentine’s Day. For a garnish that adds texture and light crunch, I topped it off sugar wafer cookies and candied beads. Even though it is already Valentine's Day, if you are still looking for a last minute treat, here is a perfect one for you. Enjoy!






STRAWBERRY FOOL




INGREDIENTS:

1 pint strawberries, reserve a couple for garnishing
2 tbsp. granulated sugar (or more to taste)
1 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup powdered sugar
sugar wafer cookies or cookie of choice for garnishing
white candied beads for garnishing 




INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut tops and hull strawberries. Cut into chunks. Add granulated sugar. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes. Coarsely mash using fork. Place in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes to reduce liquid. Spread in a large shallow dish and refrigerate to cool. Alternately, you can skip the cooking and just let the strawberry and sugar sit for at least 10 minutes prior to mashing then just fold into whipped cream.

Beat heavy cream until it doubles in volume. Add powdered sugar. Continue beating to obtain stiff peaks (peaks holds shape when scooped up). When fruit is cooled. Fold gently into whipped cream. Stir just enough to obtain pink and white streaks. You don't want to blend it completely into one uniform color.

Scoop whipped cream mixture into 2 large or 4 small goblets. Slice reserved strawberries. Top goblets with some crushed and whole sugar wafers, candied beads, and sliced strawberries. Served chilled. Makes 2-4 servings.





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30 comments:

  1. Non nom nom! This looks so tempting ♥

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  2. Awww, so glad you and the hubby had a wonderful Valentine's day! A dinner cruise sounds wonderful, such a sweet present!! Love this strawberry fool, Thao! I mean who doesn't love whipped cream and strawberries?! This pillowy fluffy deliciousness needs to get in my belly pronto!! Cheers, sweets! xo

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    1. It was a thoughtful gift and we thoroughly enjoyed it. As far as strawberry and cream, I can eat it any time of the year...but I'm willing to share! :)

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  3. Your Valentine's Day sounds awesome! That was so nice of your daughter to send you on a cruise! This strawberry dessert would be the perfect ending!

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    1. My husband and I don't really celebrate Valentines, so this was quite a change of pace. I hope you had a good Valentine's!

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  4. So pretty! And perfect now that I can find decent strawberries in the market!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Fools are really good even with out of season strawberries, but there's nothing l strawberries at their prime. I'm glad you can find decent ones where you are!

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  5. I'll definitely be making this when strawberries are in season! Pinned for later :)

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  6. A dessert of whipped cream and strawberries - that absolutely sounds like a magical combination to me! One of my favorite places to eat locally is this small country restaurant that makes the BEST Belgian waffle and loads it up with whipped cream and strawberries. Sooooo good. Glad you & your hubs had a sweet Valentine's Day!

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    1. Yum! I want some of those waffles!! This Valentine was one that we will remember, thanks to our daughter. It was nice to do something different.

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  7. This strawberry fool is so beautiful. I'm so excited that strawberry season is just a few months away. Will have to make this then.

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    1. Thank you, Christin! I wanted to make something girly and feminine for Valentine's Day. Like you, I'm looking forward to sweet, juicy strawberries come strawberry season. Can't wait!

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  8. That was so sweet of your daughter to send you on a cruise! This strawberry dessert look like the perfect dessert to enjoy strawberries! Love how pretty it is!

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    1. She has surprised us with a couple of very thoughtful gifts. I like how this dessert allows me to use off season strawberries and make them taste delicious!

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  9. This is so pretty and perfect for Valentine's Day! I always loved the pink wafer cookies--one of my guilty pleasures. I did a drunken plum fool once with plums preserved in brandy and whipped cream. Kind of the PG-13 version of this!

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    1. I enjoy pink wafer cookies too, and it's easy to have a couple too many. I like your drunken version of plum fools. It sounds like something I would love! :)

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  10. Gorgeous looking dessert! Love the pink. :)

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  11. I would just love this special treat! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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    Miz Helen

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  12. I can't believe I missed this post! I didn't get the new post notification so I'm going to sign back up for your newsletter. That Valentine's cruise sounded like it was a bunch of fun. Champagne and an espresso martini are my kind of drinks! Very impressed you didn't go straight to bed too, which is exactly what I would have done. hahaha! This strawberry fool recipe looks so yummy and your pics are beautiful! Makes me want to dive right in with a big ol' spoon and eat them all ;)

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    1. I'm sorry, Karrie. If the posts are not delivered after you re-sign, please let me know! As far as the cruise, I had the energy to work on the post afterwards, but my tummy did feel a bit bloated (so worth it though). I'm so glad the fool got your solid stamp of approval!!

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  13. SO beautiful! I made a strawberry fool last year, but yours is so much prettier! You've made me hungry for one again :)

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    1. Oh, that's so sweet of you to say, Liz! I bet yours taste heavenly!

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  14. Thao I love everything about this dessert! I have never eaten a strawberry fool before but everything in it is my favorite! A must to make on my list!

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    1. Thank you, Ami. It sounds like strawberry fool is your kind of dessert. I hope you'll get a chance to try it out! :)

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  15. You had me a Strawberry Fool! :D Seriously though your sweet treat looks amazing, I can wait to give it a try, I know we would love this!! Thanks for stopping by FoodieFriDIY - wanted to let you know I'm featuring this on Friday - please link up again!!

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    1. Haha!! I'm glad I won you over, Debra! :) If you like whipped cream and strawberry, this dessert is heaven. Thank you so much for featuring it! I'm honored.

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