Since the Fourth of July commemorates the United States gaining independence from the British, I thought it would be fitting to make a traditional English dessert in good ‘ole American fashion and make it with strawberries and blueberries as a salute to the red, white, and blue. (We’ll ignore the fact that the British Union Jack is also red, white, and blue.) This Fourth of July, while you’re gathered around the barbecue with friends and family, consider whipping up a batch of Fourth of July Fool to savor while enjoying the debut of summer and watching the fireworks.
Double Strawberry Fool with Blueberries
for the Fourth of July
The use of both fresh strawberries and strawberry preserves enhances the strawberry flavor. The berries can be prepared in advance, but the cream should be whipped and mixed with the berries just before serving.
1 pound fresh strawberries, preferably organic*
1/2 cup strawberry jam
1 pint whipping cream
1 pint of fresh blueberries for garnish, preferably organic*
*Berries tend to have a high level of residual pesticides, so when available and when your budget allows, it’s usually a good idea to stick to organic berries.
In the meantime, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold the berry mixture into the cream using gentle, even strokes.
Serve in dessert cups or sundae glasses and garnish with strawberries and blueberries. Enjoy with friends and family, but don’t tell them how easy the dessert was to prepare!