Did you know that you can make whipped cream in your own kitchen – just by shaking cream in a jar?
The name “Fool” for this dessert most likely comes from the French verb, “fouler,” meaning, “to crush.” Besides strawberries, this dish is great with other tart berries or rhubarb which pair nicely with the rich cream.
- 1 12-ounce basket fresh strawberries, hulled, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- The juice of one orange (approximately 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice)
- The zest of 1 orange
- Optional - a few sprigs of mint for decoration
- Place chopped strawberries in medium bowl. Mash coarsely with fork.
- Over the same bowl, zest the orange. Then, juice the orange and add the juice to the strawberries and mix in. The acid from the citrus will help macerate the strawberries.
- In a mason jar, have your kids help you beat the cream. Place the cream, vanilla, and sugar in the jar and close the lid. Have them shake the jars until the cream forms stiff peaks. You can even make this a game (who whips their cream first!).
- In the bowl that contains the strawberries, gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into strawberries. This means you slowly and lightly use a spatula to make long, delicate turns with the spatula when blending in the cream. This will keep the dish light (not deflating the air bubbles you’ve just trapped into the whipped cream). Then, gently fold the remaining cream into the strawberries.
- Have your kids help you put the “fool” into individual “fancy” glasses and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to have dessert. You can garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve and enjoy.
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