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Any April Fool’s jokes will be forgiven if you feed your family this delightfully creamy and tasty No-Bake Strawberry Fool for dessert.

No-Bake Strawberry Fool in a glass parfait dish

No-Bake Strawberry Fool for April Fool’s Day

Instead of making meatloaf topped with mashed potatoes that looks like cupcakes or some other food trickery for April Fool’s Day, I took my contribution to this Sunday Supper event in another, more literal, direction.

What is a Fool?

I’d heard my mother-in-law talk about “fools,” meaning a dessert made of berries mixed into whipped cream, a dessert that dates way back to 16th century England. Seemingly easy, the appeal and appropriateness of a no-bake strawberry fool for this day was too great to ignore.

No-Bake Strawberry Fool in small martini glasses on a white tray

How to Make a Fool Dessert

Light and creamy and redolent of ripe berries, this strawberry fool was a simple to make, yet elegant dessert.

  • Diced berries were simmered with sugar to soften, then a little lemon zest and juice was added to balance the sweet and provide some complexity to the flavor.
  • This mixture was chilled then gently folded into whipped cream. Easy as can be.
  • I made four smallish servings, but you can double the recipe if you have a hungry crowd. A hit with my family; I know it will be with yours!
No-Bake Strawberry Fool

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Strawberry Fool in a glass dish with a spoonful removed
No-Bake Strawberry Fool - A simple and elegant dessert

No-Bake Strawberry Fool

This light and creamy berry dessert is perfect for spring! Adapted from Chow.com

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces strawberries, hulled and medium diced
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • Fresh strawberries and mint to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. ounces strawberries, hulled and medium diced
  2. /4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. pinch of salt
  4. /4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  5. /4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  6. /2 cup heavy cream
  7. /4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  8. Fresh strawberries and mint to garnish, optional
  9. In a saucepan, cook the diced strawberries, sugar and salt, stirring occasionally till mixture starts to simmer. Add zest and lemon juice and bring to boil. Cook for two minutes, then remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature, then chill till cold.
  10. When berries are cold, whip cream till soft peaks form. Add vanilla and sugar and beat till stiff peaks form.
  11. Remove about 2 tablespoons of berries and reserve. Fold the rest of the berries into the whipped cream. Divide mixture into serving dishes, then put a dollop of the reserved berries in the center of each dessert. Garnish with fresh berries and mint if desired.

Notes

Cooling time is not included in prep time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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