Monday, July 21, 2008

Strawberry Fool

Marta from An Italian in the US hosts an event called Fresh Produce of the Month and this month she choose strawberry for the theme.

strawberry© by haalo

Usually I avoid fresh strawberries in winter but I must admit that I am just loving the flavour of the winter berries coming out from Queensland - I am even tempted to say they are better than summer berries.

The recipe I've made is the ultimate in simplicity - a Strawberry Fool. In a traditional recipe for a Fool, you'll find that it is a mix of whipped cream and pureed fruit but to make it a little lighter, I've incorporated some ultra-thick plain yoghurt to mix. This way you can have twice as much and not feel guilty!

Strawberry Fool© by haalo

Strawberry Fool

150 grams strawberries, cut into even pieces
icing sugar
½ cup cream
½ cup thick Greek-style yoghurt

Place the cut strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle over with a teaspoon of icing sugar - stir well and allow this to macerate, covered in the fridge until ready to use. The icing sugar helps to release the strawberry juice. Once the strawberries have softened, mash them or blend them to form a purée.

Beat the cream until thick then add the yoghurt and beat again to amalgamate. Add in the strawberry purée and stir well until mixed through.

Pour into glasses and return to the fridge to set.

strawberry fool© by haalo


  1. AnonymousJuly 22, 2008

    Great shot of that strawberry!

  2. Thanks Lalaine - i'm having a bit of fun playing with macro extension rings at the moment.

  3. That looks lovely and the yoghurt will definitely lighten it off. I must make some fruit fool soon!

  4. Looks wonderful!
    and the pictures too :)
    thanks a lot for taking part to the event

  5. That fool looks good! I like the use of the Greek yogurt.

  6. Thanks Holler - i think it's compulsory to make it ;)

    Thanks Marta - it was a tasty event!

    Thanks Kevin!

  7. Well, I didnt even know that Fool is a preparation. I though the event meant that one should be a fool (sucker) for strawberries, and I sure am one :)

  8. Your pictures are like visual poetry. Beautiful blog.

  9. gorgeous strawberry photo - I too don't have many strawberries in winter but had some queensland ones that other day and they were very good. i like the idea of yoghurt in the fool - must try that some time as i find cream quite bland

  10. Hi A and N - yes a Fool is an old english dish and you can certainly be a fool for Fool!

    Thank you so much Alexa, that's so lovely!

    Thanks Johanna - my mother pushed me toward the winter strawberries and has she rightly noted, they don't have the problems of summer where the hot weather can turn a punnet from ripe to rotten in a few hours.

  11. Beautiful photos and a very nice recipe.


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