Don't let the name Berry Fool fool you. This light, creamy whipped dessert is sure to impress the next time you're feeling fancy.
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Berry Fool

This fluffy mix of whipped cream and pureed fruit is a classic English treat known as a fool. It is often served in a parfait glass, but it also makes a great topping for angel food cakes. If you’re feeling extra fancy, serve it over graham cracker crumbs in a wine glass and top it with whipped cream. Your guests will surely be impressed.
Prep Time3 hrs 25 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Yields: 6 servings
Calories: 371
Author: Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts strawberries stemmed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin powder (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • mint for garnish optional

Instructions

  • In a food processor or blender, puree the strawberries and blueberries until the mixture is smooth. Strain the berries through a fine-mesh sieve set over a 4 cup measuring cup. You may have to use a spoon or silicon spatula and stir the pulp as it strains to keep the sieve free of clogs. You should get about 2 1/2 cups of puree. Reserve any extra for another use. Transfer the puree to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin powder until dissolved. Pour the gelatin puree into a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 hours or until cold and thickened.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream, yogurt, vanilla, and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture has doubled in volume and holds stiff peaks. Set aside 1/3 of whipped cream mixture.
  • Whisk the thickened berry puree until smooth. With the electric mixer turned on low speed, gradually add the berry puree. Optionally, gently fold the puree in with a silicone spatula to achieve swirls.
  • Divide the graham cracker crumbs evenly among 6 tall parfait glasses. Spoon the creamy berry mixture over the top. Garnish with whipped cream and mint leaves. Serve immediately.

Notes

Plan ahead. The berry juice needs time to chill after mixing it with gelatin. Allow yourself a little over 3 hours for this step. This step can also be completed a day before you plan to serve the dessert.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated.