It’s a blackberry, fool! Or, perhaps I should say, “It’s a Blackberry Fool!” Blackberries were on sale at the farmers market so I found a new recipe to try.
Have you ever heard of a fool? No I don’t mean that as an insult. A fool is almost like a mousse in Britain. Fools are traditionally prepared with puréed fruit mixed with whipped cream, or egg custard, or a combination of the two. The term fool comes from the French fouler, meaning “to crush.”
Fools are extremely easy to make. The one below is primarily blackberries, a little sugar, and heavy cream. Extra flavorings (lime, salt) are thrown in but as you can see this is really simple. On top of that, you don’t have to turn your oven or stove on so it’s particularly well suited for summertime!
As you can imagine, the blackberries could be substituted for any other berry or stone fruit that is easily mashed.
Blackberry Lime Fool
Adapted from: Completely Delicious
1 ½ c blackberries
1/3 c sugar
Zest of one lime
1 t lime juice
Pinch of salt
¾ c heavy whipping cream
- Combine 1 cup of the blackberries with the sugar in a bowl. Using a fork, smash the berries until they are jam-like and mostly pureed.
- Add the remaining 1/2 cup blackberries. If they are really large, chop them up a little bit to suit your taste.
- Stir in the lime zest, lime juice, and salt. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the cream on medium high speed to create firm peaks. Fold into the chilled blackberry mixture with a rubber spatula until just incorporated.
- Spoon into serving glasses and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with additional blackberries and slices of lime, if desired.
- Do not make these too much ahead of time. My leftovers were kept over night in the refrigerator and the fruit juice started to separate just slightly. This didn’t affect the flavor and I was able to mix it back in. However, I would keep the make-ahead time to a few hours.