I found the most amazing blackberries at the market the other day - they were super sweet and delicious and I couldn't wait to use them to make Blackberry Fool, an incredibly simple, yet elegant dessert.
In case you're wondering, fruit fool recipes first started appearing in the year 1598 - the word fool is thought to be derived from the french word "fouler" which means to press or mash.
When choosing blackberries, pick ones that are completely black, and taste them to make sure they're sweet because they won't ripen after being picked.
To make blackberry puree, place ripe blackberries and lemon zest in a personal blender or small food processor.
Blitz the berries until completely pulverized.
Then pass the puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. A silicone scraper is pretty helpful here.
Blackberries contain a LOT of seeds so you definitely want to remove them (discard them or feed them to the chickens).
Mmmm.... smooth, seedless blackberry puree.
To make blackberry fool, fold together 1 part blackberry puree and 4 parts sweetened whipped cream (recipe below).
You can leave the mixture a little streaky if you like - I think the streaks look kind of cool.
Or if you're a bit compulsive and you can't help but continue to fold the two components together until they're completely mixed, go for it. You do you.
Spoon or pipe the mixture into dessert cups. The dessert cups I chose (these) have very small openings so I filled them using a pastry bag to keep the cups neat and clean.
To complete the presentation, pipe some leftover whipped cream on top using a large closed star tip (like this one) and garnished with a mint leaf. Enjoy!
Makes 6-8 mini desserts (3-ounce)
6 ounce ripe blackberries (or other berries)
zest from 1/2 lemon
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Make berry puree by blitzing berries with lemon zest in a personal blender or small food processor; strain seeds and discard.
In a small mixing bowl, whip heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla using a handheld mixer until stiff peaks form.
In another small mixing bowl, fold together 6 tablespoons strained blackberry puree and 1 1/2 cups of sweetened whipped cream until combined (a few streaks remaining look lovely).
To neatly fill dessert cups, transfer berry and cream mixture to a piping bag and carefully fill six 3-ounce mini dessert cups (eight dessert cups if you don't fill them as full).
Place remaining whipped cream in another piping bag filled with a closed star tip and top each dessert.
Garnish with a mint leaf and/or a drizzle of the remaining blackberry puree.
Note: the blackberries can be substituted with other seasonal berries.