What is a fool? According to the Joy of Baking website (http://www.joyofbaking.com/EnglishFruitFool.html#ixzz3rVLWuwea), a fool is “a delicious mixture of lightly sweetened fruit that has been pureed and then haphazardly folded into whipped cream.” The word fool derives from the French word “fouler” which means “to mash” or “to press” because the berries are mashed and pressed through a sieve to remove all the seeds.
The recent picture book, A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackwell highlights the changes in technology as four families over four centuries prepare this dessert and offers readers a recipe for making their own fool.
Blackberry Fool is simple, but tedious to make. The fruit, traditionally gooseberries according to what I have read, but in this case blackberries is pressed through a sieve, mixed with sugar then folded into whipped cream.
The end result? Like the title says: fine. Tasty, but not really worth the effort, in my opinion. Not much on it’s own, just a fruit-flavored whipped cream. I think it would be better mixed with whole fruits in a crepe or a parfait as an upscale whipped cream.
If you make this dessert yourself, be sure to serve it the same day; it does not keep well.