Minimal Monday: Brandied Blackberry Fool

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Brandied Blackberry Fool

The world of fresh fruit and heavy cream is a wonderland.  The two come together in so many different ways to form some of the greatest, and simplest, desserts on the planet.  A fool is an old English treat that originally consisted of  stewed gooseberries folded into a custard.   This recipe is a simpler version, substituting sweetened whipped cream for the custard base, and a fresh blackberry puree for the stewed fruit.  I added a splash of Brandy, Blackberry Brand to be exact, for fun.

Brandied Blackberry Fool 1

Blackberries are naturally tart, so they play well with sweetened cream.  The texture is almost mouse like, and the whole thing is silky smooth and cool as a cucumber.  The perfect summer dessert.

Backberry Fool Collage

There are a couple of ways to go with this.  You can fold lots of fruit puree into the whipped cream and turn it completely purple, or you can swirl it in, like I did.  In that case, it’s nice to serve some extra puree on the side so people can add more if they like.  I layered whole blackberries into the serving dishes, too.

Brandied Blackberry Fool

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp blackberry Brandy
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    for garnish
  • mint leaves
  • whole blackberries

Instructions

  1. In a food processor puree the berries, Brandy, and lemon juice until completely smooth. Push the puree through a fine mesh strainer, using the back of a spoon to get as much of the mixture through as possible. Discard the seeds.
  2. Whip the cream until it starts to thicken, then add the sugar and vanilla. Whip until it forms stiff peaks. You want the cream to be whipped until firm so that it doesn't break down when you add the berry puree. But don't go too far or you will make butter!
  3. Fold part of the berry puree into the whipped cream, using a silicone spatula. Just fold it in lightly so that you still have streaks of purple and white. You can serve it from one bowl, or spoon it into smaller serving bowls or glasses, layering with fresh berries and more puree, if you like.
  4. The fool can be refrigerated for up to a few hours before serving.
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Brandied Blackberry Fool 2

Keep in mind that you can do this exact thing with Greek yogurt for a healthier dessert, or breakfast.

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11 Comments

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    Craig
    November 21, 2014 at 5:29 am

    This is utterly delicious, thank you! – it’s worth noting that, from my trials, an extra slug of brandy works well for the breakfast version.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

      :)

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    dina
    July 31, 2014 at 6:52 am

    i love creamy berry desserts. it looks wonderful!

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    cheri
    July 24, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    This looks mazing Sue, perfect for this time of year, so light and refreshing.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 23, 2014 at 6:01 am

    oh my oh my! Wow, so beautiful and delicious! The perfect summer treat

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    Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook
    July 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I worked in a restaurant in college that served a couple of different kinds of Fools – it was fun explaining it to customers and seeing how much they loved it if I talked them into it. This looks really good!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Lovely dessert Sue. Love blackberries, and brandy and dessert! I bet this tastes amazing.

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    Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine
    July 22, 2014 at 7:49 am

    This looks spectacular Sue, so pretty and so simple. You never cease to amazing me!

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    clare
    July 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    mm this looks SO luscious! I love the simple combination of berries and cream in all forms!

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    sippitysup
    July 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    When I was a kid I made pineapple fool for my 5th grade class when we had to pick a country and make something from that country. I chose Jamaica, though I don’t know how Jamaican this really is! GREG

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Well, I’m guessing it wasn’t all that Jamaican, but good try! :)

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