Blackberry Fool – a creamy concoction of plump, juicy blackberries and fluffy whipped cream will have you licking the spoon clean! This easy to make recipe is pretty much foolproof !!!
When juicy berries are in season, this classic British dessert comes to mind. A traditional Blackberry Fool is probably one of the easiest desserts to make!
Requiring only three ingredients – fruit, sugar and heavy whipping cream, this simple British dessert comes together in minutes! Mash up the fruit, add a little sugar if needed, whip the cream and stir the whole lot together.
Ingredients you will need:
- Fresh Blackberries – I used fresh blackberries, but fresh raspberries, blueberries or any stone fruit would work. Cooked rhubarb is also fantastic in this dessert! If you don’t have fresh fruit, you can use frozen fruit but the flavor won’t be quite as delicate.
- Heavy Whipping Cream – I used an organic whipping cream which has a higher fat content but use whatever heavy whipping cream you like.
- Sweetener – for this recipe I used granulated sugar but I’ve also used honey as well as golden syrup. Sugar has the most neutral flavor, but honey or golden syrup are delicious and give the whipped cream a deeper and richer flavor.
- Liqueur – I used Chambord but adding liqueur is completely OPTIONAL. I think it enhances the flavor of the fruit but if you don’t drink, you absolutely can leave it out. If you do, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the whipped cream for a bit more flavor.
How to make a Fool!
Ok, I absolutely could not resist that pun! But seriously, this traditional blackberry fool almost doesn’t need instructions, since it’s SO EASY to make.
- Mash/puree the fruit. You can do this in a blender or food processor, but I just put the fruit in a bowl and used the back of a spoon to mash up the fruit. As to the texture, I like mine with larger chunks of fruit. How much you mash/puree the fruit is up to you!
- Sweeten the fruit if needed– Depending on how sweet your fruit is, you can add a little sugar or honey/syrup. Then add the liqueur if using.
- Whip the cream. Whip the cream until you have soft peaks. Drizzle in the sugar or honey/syrup and continue to whip until the cream has stiff peaks.
- Assemble the fool- Fold the fruit mixture into the whipped cream. You don’t have to fully mix it in – I like it with streaks of cream and fruit but it works either way! Divide evenly between serving glasses. You can assemble the fool about two hours before serving. Refrigerate the fool if you aren’t serving it immediately.
What to serve Blackberry Fool with!
Blackberry Fool is a fabulous dessert to serve when making…
- Yogurt-Marinated Chicken – lemon and mint flavor this easy marinade!
- Provencale Top Round Roast – a lovely braised roast with the flavors of Provence!
- Louie Salad – a refreshing shrimp salad with a classic dressing!
Other British Recipes to drool over!
- Treacle Tart – Harry Potter’s favorite dessert!
- Sticky Toffee Pudding – made in the Instant Pot
- Victoria Sponge Cake – a traditional sponge cake filled with Limoncello cream and fresh strawberries!
If you enjoyed this recipe, I would LOVE for you to give it a 5-star rating! Cheers! Nancy
Blackberry Fool Recipe
- 2 cups fresh blackberries frozen or fresh blackberries (if using canned, this is about 2 – 15 oz. cans)
- 1 -2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Chambord OR 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp. sugar or to taste
- 4 sprigs fresh mint for garnish optional
- Add 1 3/4 cups fresh blackberries to a bowl. Using a spoon or potato masher, crush the blackberries. Alternatively, you can use a food processor or blender to mash/puree the blackberries.
- Stir in the Chambord or vanilla and the 2 Tbsp. sugar if desired.
- In the bowl of a large mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
- Place a large poonful of the fresh berries in the bottom of 4 small dessert bowls, glasses or goblets. Using a spoon, add a layer of whipped cream. Add another layer of berries. Top with another layer of whipped cream.
- Swirl the berries and whipped cream by pulling knife through the berries and cream.
- Garnish with the remaining blackberries and sprigs of fresh mint, if desired.
- You can substitute another fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries or blueberries for the blackberries. Cooked rhubarb can also be used – and it’s delicious!
- I used granulated sugar to sweeten the whipped cream but you could also use honey or golden syrup. Use the same amount of honey or syrup as sugar to sweeten the whipped cream.
- Other liqueurs you could use instead of chambord include Grand Marnier or Port.
- The fools can be made up to 2 hours ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.