I’ll admit it — for me, food is fun! And as the first of April is
nearly here, it’s time for one of my favorite — and easiest —
Afternoon Tea recipes — April Strawberry Fool.

A fool
is an old English dessert made by mixing pureed fruit, whipped cream,
and sugar. Traditionally rose water or another flavoring agent is added.

Years ago, the word “fool” was “a term of endearment,” and the dessert (or
foole in its original spelling) dates back five or six centuries.Gooseberries were originally the most common fruit fools. Although today fools incorporate any seasonal fruit, in the
UK gooseberry fool remains the perennial favorite.


Wash and cut two cups of luscious strawberries. Add two tablespoons of
granulated sugar and mix. Let the berries macerate for 10-15 minutes.
Whip two cups of heavy cream and fold the cream into the strawberries.
For a bit of a “kick,” you may wish to add a couple of tablespoons of
kirsch, brandy, or port. Chill well. What can be easier and more delicious! No joke!

I haven’t seen gooseberries at the green grocer, but here at Birchwood Inn, our favorite is strawberry or raspberry fool.
Ellen Chenaux
Birchwood Inn
Lenox, MA


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