Blueberry Fool

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Do you have a piles of recipes that you are always meaning to try? I have a ton of them. When I found a version of this blueberry fool crammed into the back of a folder marked “Summer Recipes – Try!”, I was all over this. Here we are on the countdown to Labor Day, and I found myself with blueberries leftover from jam-making. A trip to the store for some cream and I was good to go.

I adapted this recipe from one in an ancient issue of Gourmet that has to be over fifteen years old. Although it was entitled “Blueberry Mousse” it didn’t resemble a classic fruit mousse at all. In fact, it seemed like a “fool”, that English summer dessert of fresh berries folded into sweetened cream.

I increased the amount of blueberries, added Meyer lemon juice and zest, plus some of the Tahitian vanilla I have been swooning over lately. This is an easy and pretty dessert to mark summer’s end, one easily doubled or more for a crowd.

Blueberry Fool
Recipe type: dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-3
A simple summer dessert, based on a traditional English fruit and cream "fool".
  • 1½ cups fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6-8 whole blueberries, optional garnish
  1. Using either a blender or processor, purée ¾ cup blueberries with the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  2. Strain the purée through a fine sieve into a small bowl. Press hard on the solids to get as much purée as possible. Set the purée aside and discard solids.
  3. Pour the chilled cream into a chilled bowl. Add the vanilla and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until cream holds stiff peaks.
  4. Pour the purée into the cream. Add the remaining ¾ cup blueberries and gently fold together.
  5. Spoon into individual dessert glasses. Garnish with additional berries. Chill for 1 hour. Serve.



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27 Responses to Blueberry Fool

  1. Laura @ Family Spice August 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    So that’s what a fool is! I always get confused by all of these funny names!! This looks crazy good!

    • Liz August 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

      We have eaten all three servings from the batch I made this morning. I’m going to try this with raspberries next.

  2. Kim August 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    We must me on the same wavelength. In my post today, I also discussed those “piles” of recipes we all seem to have in our homes. I even made a reference to Gourmet!

    Your fool is perfect for the end of summer. I wonder if you can do this with other fruits?


    • Liz August 30, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Kim, I know – I left a similar comment on your post!

  3. The Wimpy Vegetarian August 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    This looks wonderful. We grew blueberries for the first time this year, so I’ll need to make this when I get back home!

    • Liz August 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      How is Italy, Susan ?!

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    My mom makes something sort of like this with lemons and whipped cream but I love the sound of blueberries – lemons are too tart for me sometimes!

    • Liz August 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      I would love to see your Mom’s recipe with lemons. Meyer lemons might make it a bit sweeter.

  5. Lynda - TasteFood August 31, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Beautiful photo, Liz! I have something similar in mind for a bunch of raspberries I just bought on sale. Yum.

    • Liz August 31, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Lynda, raspberries will be my next version of this – thanks.

  6. Jessie August 31, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Beautiful photo!

    • Liz August 31, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks, Jess, I hope you try this –

  7. Jayne August 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh I love a fool! Such an easy simple dessert to make. This looks gorgeous! Great picture too.

    • Liz August 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      Jane, thanks – loved your “zuke” cake earlier today –

  8. Oui, Chef September 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    How light and beautiful this looks. I’ve never made a fool….I guess that makes me one, huh?

    • Liz September 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      Nonsense! This is a dessert #101, easy and in my range –

  9. sippitysup August 14, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Fool is a fun name and yours is anything but. GREG

    • Liz August 14, 2015 at 10:35 am #

      Thanks, Greg, I’m working on a version using Greek yogurt but the cream really makes it.

  10. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver August 14, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    It is SO hot here right now! This would be a lovely way to cool off, especially paired with one of your pretty cocktails 🙂

    • Liz August 14, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      The a/c is going on soon, Lisa – I’m trying the fool with raspberries next.

  11. Judy at My Well Seasoned Life August 14, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    I’m a fool for blueberries and this fool sounds out of this world.

    • Liz August 14, 2015 at 11:54 am #

      Ha – hope you try it!

  12. Suzanne August 14, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Please forgive me for delayed comments on your beautiful posts. I am trying to catch up. Your blueberry fool is gorgeous and such a perfect summer dessert.

    • Liz August 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

      Don’t be silly – you have so much on your plate. xo

  13. Wendy Read August 16, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Perfect summer dessert! This is going on my make list for sure, but I will have to make this in April at the height of our local season. Gorgeous Liz.

    • Liz August 16, 2015 at 9:30 am #

      Try with raspberries??

  14. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious August 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    I’m a fool for fools!

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