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!
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.
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!
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.