The strawberry fool is an old fashioned British dessert which dates back to the 16th Century. The term "fool" is believed to derive from the French word "fouler", to mash. Fools can be made with different types of fruit however berries are a favorite.
In this recipe, I thinly slice fresh strawberries and poach them in castor sugar which helps to extract the water. This process forms a syrup and softens the berries.
You can use fromage frais, marscarpone or whipping cream in this dessert. I prefer the fromage frais because when combined with the strawberries, it tastes like a heavenly strawberry cheese cake.
- 500g (2 punnets) medium strawberries, washed
- 1/4 cup castor sugar
- 1/2 cup fromage frais or mascarpone cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg white
- Equipment: Electric mixer
- Serves 2-4
- Keep 2 whole strawberries aside. Hull and thinly slice the remainder. Combine the sliced strawberries with 1 tablespoon of castor sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the strawberries soften. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl to cool.
- Meanwhile, gently whisk the fromage frais or marscarpone and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl until just combined.
- Whisk the egg white in a separate bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually whisk in the remaining castor sugar into the egg whites until they become thick and glossy.
- Gently fold the fromage frais or marscarpone mixture into the egg white mixture with a large metal spoon. Fold in the cooled strawberry mixture.
- Divide the strawberry fool between serving glasses or bowls. Halve the two strawberries and place on top. Serve.