sliced strawberries and whip cream for fool recipe
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5 from 2 votes

Strawberry Fool

The liqueur is a completely optional addition. Kirsch or a berry-flavored liqueur is a solid choice, as is Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur for those who like a citrus note.
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: strawberry fool
Servings: 8
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Molly Watson


  • 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.