Thursday, June 14, 2018

No Fooling Around with This Dessert

...but that's part of its name! Nancie McDermott, who wrote the cookbook Fruit, stopped by Tonia's Kitchen to talk about her recipe for a sweet, delicious Blackberry Fool.  She says it's a very easy recipe to make, and notes that while it is based on blackberries, you can use strawberries or peaches to create this. Try it out, you won't be "fooled" by it's great taste!

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3 Tbs. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Set a medium-mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Use the back of a wooden spoon to push 1 cup of the blackberries through the sieve, smearing the berries and chile back and forth across the mesh until only seeds and pulp remain. Scrape any purée from the bottom of the sieve. Stir the brown sugar and lime juice into the purée.
  • In a chilled medium metal bowl, combine the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla and beat with an electric hand mixer on high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour the blackberry mixture over the cream. Use a butter knife to gently stir the mixture so that thin streaks of dark purple run through the cream.
  • Spoon the mixture into 4 glasses or small dessert bowls and top with the remaining blackberries.