Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cherry Brown Sugar Fool with Honeyed Almonds


What makes a fool a fool?  That is the question I asked when I saw the recipe...not when my husband and his friend were clowning around.   After a little research I learned that this British dessert is one that is created when a sweetened fruit puree, most commonly made from strawberries, raspberries, or cherries, is gently mixed into whipped cream, resulting in a marbling effect.  It is the perfect summertime dessert:  simple and light.

But why is it called a fool?  I learned that when referencing fool with fruit it most likely is derived from the French verb, fouler, which means to press.  Cooks, during medieval England - dating to the 1500s, made fools by pressing ripe fruits  into a pulp.  The pulp was then combined with sugar and poured into freshly whipped cream.  A "fool" was a refreshing way to end a meal during the warmer spring and summer months.

I found the recipe at Lea Ann's blog, Cooking..on the Ranch, aka Highlands Ranch Foodie. Lea Ann has an amazing blog and if you have never visited, take a minute or two and stop by.  You are certain to return.

Cherry Brown Sugar Fool 
with Honeyed Almonds
adapted from Highlands Ranch Foodie

Yield: 4 servings

Honeyed Almonds
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 Tbsp honey

Cherry Brown Sugar Fool
1 cup pitted fresh sweet cherries
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp almond extract
1-2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp water
3.4 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400° F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat (i.e. Silpat.)

In a small bowl, coat nuts with honey.  Spread nuts on the baking mat.  Bake 5-7 minutes, until golden.  Transfer nuts to a bowl to cool.  Coarsely chop, and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine cherries, lemon juice, almond extract, sugar and water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cherries begin to break down and juices boil and thicken, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, and transfer to a small bowl.  Place bowl in a larger bowl of ice water, and stir mixture occasionally until cold.

In a separate bowl, combine cream, brown sugar, and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form; fold in 1/3 cup of the cherry sauce.  Combine, but not fully - there should be beautiful cherry streaks running through the fresh cream.

Divide among four dessert dishes, and spoon remaining cherries over the top.  Garnish with the honey almonds.

NOTE:  This dessert is not very sweet.  You may wish to taste the cherry mixture and adjust the sugar if you desire a sweeter dessert.

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This dessert will visit our table often...with the abundance of ripe berries during the summer, why not?

I am sharing today at On the Menu Monday hosted by Yvonne at Stone Gable.

8 comments:

  1. It sounds like the perfect way to highlight those upcoming seasonal fruits.

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  2. Delicious, simply delicious! I"ve always love that combination too. I'd love on of these warm for muy breakfast!

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  3. I have never made a fool:)Thanks Kate!

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  4. I've heard of a fool but thought is was similar to a cobbler. This sounds like a terrific recipe to make with sweet summer fruit.

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  5. Cherries have such a short season, and I do love them. Pair it with almond, and I'm in. That was an interesting read on what a fool is, too! Pinning this one, for the warmer summer months to come.

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  6. Loving all your cherry recipes and this ones sounds delicious. Oh if weren't trying to lose weight I would try it right away. Looking at my cherry tree I am not seeing many cherries there. Those pesky squirrels!

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  7. Love the cherry theme! THese honeyed cherries look great!

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  8. This does look delicious! The honeyed almonds sound like a great topper too.

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