Simple mashed strawberries and sweetened whipped cream make an irresistible, crowd-pleasing dessert.
The name implies that one is a fool for strawberries. Fair enough. This is a classic English dessert of mashed sweetened strawberries folded into sweetened whipped cream. I’ve had more than one person not believe me when I told them what was in it, they couldn’t fathom that it was just that simple.
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or 2 tablespoons liqueur
- 1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream
- First, you need to hull the strawberries. You may be tempted to just lop off the top, but the better way is to insert the tip of a paring knife at an angle under the green top, twisting the strawberry so the knife cuts a circle around and under the green, popping out the hull or calyx—the green leaves and the white part underneath. Slice the hulled strawberries
- In a medium bowl, put about 3/2 of the hulled strawberries, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and the vanilla or liqueur. Mash it all together. This mixture gets folded into the whipped cream; you can keep it as chunky as you like or mash it into more of a puree for a smoother texture, your choice. Set the strawberry mixture aside.
- In a large bowl, whip the cream with the remaining sugar using a mixer or whisk until firm peaks form—when you pull the beaters or whisk out of the cream, you should be able to hold it upside-down and have the peak of cream hold its shape. With a spatula, fold in strawberry mixture. Divide the fool among 8 glasses or bowls and top with remaining strawberry slices. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours.