Friday, May 15

Friday Food File With Molly Watson: Berry Fool.

My friend Samantha may just kill me for revealing this secret. I introduced her to this dinner-party-perfect dessert a year ago and my sense is that she's been working it ever since. It's easy, you can make it ahead, it looks as pretty as can be, and people LUV it. It's Berry Fool. With strawberries red and ripe everywhere one looks at markets these days, I thought I'd help you find a way to ingest and serve more of them easily.

A fool is an old-school British dessert of mashed or pureed fruit folded into whipped cream. That's it. I'm not even kidding. Sweeten it to taste and add a splash of liqueur or eau-de-vie if you're so inclined, but that is it. But like so many brilliantly simple dishes, most people wouldn't guess - and may not even believe - that that's all there is to it. So feel free to tell them how you made it. Next time they have a dinner party they will call you and say "Remember that berry desert you made? I'm having people over next week and want to make it. I know you told me, but I forgot, how do you make it?" And you will tell them again. Then they will call you the day of the party and say, "I'm sorry, I know you told me, but how do I make it again?"

Be kind. Be patient. Explain again how to make it.

"Is that all?" They'll say, yet again, and you will assure them, yet again, that yes, that is it. Why are the simplest things always the most difficult to remember?

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Metallo Bianco Jewelry said...

Looks yummy...I might have to try that this weekend! Thanks!

anna and the ring said...

Shush! Don't tell everyone! The best food is often the simplest.

david said...

scanning in writing you as not serious, but after I read that you were a reliable author

Char said...

sounds delicious and light

Beatriz Kim said...

Mmm...yummy! Thanks for sharing!

RhiannonM said...

I have been eating strawberries and blueberries on a butter loaf cake with whipped cream for the last two days. I should go get some more and try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Artelexia said...

Yummm...I am making a birthday dinner for a friend and will make this for the dessert! Thanks!

Novi On The Go said...

Sounds yummy and simple to make, I'm tempted to give this a try.

anie said...

to prove that it takes some convincing that it is *just that easy to make*, I was looking through your post for a recipe! oy, fool, me!
I'll be enjoying this soon~

molly said...

If you click on the words "berry fool" it will take you to a recipe! Or go to: