In 1977, my parents met in ESL class soon after immigrating to America. Though I normally fuse the flavors of their countries’ desserts to my American palette (like orange blossom water and azuki beans,) this year I feel the need pay tribute to the red, white and blue with a simple, sweet treat: Berry Fool. Fresh berries, berry sauce and thick cream are all you need. Sometimes I get naughty and fold in some mascarpone to the whipped cream for extra body. No need to get fancy, so use the absolute best ingredients you can find.
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup sliced strawberries
juice of half a lemon
thin strip lemon peel
3 cups cold cream
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
For the Strawberry Sauce:
Mix ingredients together and let sit for 30 minutes to macerate, the sugar will draw out more liquid from the strawberries. Cook on medium-low heat until thick and bubbly, 6-8 minutes. Cool. Strain through a sieve if desired to remove seeds.
For the Cream:
Whip ingredients until soft peaks form.
Layer sauce, cream and blueberries in a chic jar or glass to catch the patriotic effect.
Idea for activity:
Put sauce and cream in separate ziplock bags or parchment cones. Make designs that you can freeze for 10 minutes, chill to set up, or just eat as is!
Enjoy your 4th, fireworks and all!