Raspberry Fool (Raspberries and Cream)
Raspberry fool is a classic English dessert and it’s simple to make. Fresh raspberries are layered with yogurt cream and raspberry sauce, then topped with crumbled shortbread cookies. With a few blueberries, it makes a great July 4th dessert!
One of the things I love about summer is the abundant seasonal berries. I love raspberries. So, here I present a raspberry fool recipe that I make every summer.
Raspberry fool is a traditional English dessert. It is also known as Raspberry Foole.
It’s basically raspberries and cream with a simple raspberry sauce layered together, then topped with crumbled shortbread cookies. It’s an easy dessert to make, and presents beautifully if you serve it in a dessert glass or goblet.
Why is this dessert called FOOL?
Some think that the name “fool(e)” came from the French word “fouler”, which means to crush. That makes some sense because a fool dessert has a slightly crushed fruit sauce. However, others argue that a fool indicates a silly or unimportant thing, just like a small sweet dessert is often called trivial as in trifle. So maybe it has nothing to do with a French word. The origin is still unclear.
Well, it doesn’t matter to me where the name of this dessert came from. I think it will make you feel like a fool if you don’t take this dessert when served.
Although I love my fool with raspberries, you can make this elegant dessert with any berries or mixture of different berries; such as blueberry, strawberry, blackberry, etc. If you can find gooseberries, that would make the most original fool(e) dessert.
I garnished my raspberry fool with a few blueberries. I just love the color contrast, and it almost pops! I think it will make a great red-white-blue themed dessert for July 4th celebration.
Raspberry Fool Recipe Instructions
To make the raspberry sauce, combine raspberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a pot and heat through until sugar dissolves stirring occasionally.
Crush the raspberries coarsely with a spoon; set aside to cool and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To make the yogurt cream, combine heavy whipping cream, yogurt (or creme fraiche), sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
Beat them on high speed until soft peaks form. Be careful not to over-beat the cream.
How to Assemble Raspberries and Cream
All you need is the following ingredients and serving glass below.
- fresh raspberries
- raspberry sauce
- whipped cream
- crumbled shortbread cookies
And you will need
- pretty dessert glasses
Put raspberry sauce on the bottom of glass, then top with raspberries and cream. Repeat the layer and finish with crumbled cookies on top. If you have some blueberries, top it up with a few to give a color punch!
Now, you can enjoy this lovely dessert with a style. Yum!
Try other Dessert Recipes. Some of my favorite fruit desserts are:
Raspberry Fool (Raspberries and Cream)
- 3 cup raspberry
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 8 shortbread cookies, crumbled
- more raspberries and blueberries, to garnish (optional)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 tbsp plain yogurt, or creme fraiche
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- To make the raspberry sauce, combine raspberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a pot and heat through until sugar dissolves stirring occasionally.
- Crush the raspberries coarsely with a spoon; set aside to cool and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- To make the yogurt cream, combine heavy whipping cream, yogurt (or creme fraiche), sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat them on high speed until soft peaks form. Be careful not to over-beat the cream.
- To assemble, put raspberry sauce on the bottom of glass, then top with raspberries and cream. Repeat the layer and finish with fresh raspberries/blueberries) and crumbled cookies on top. Serve immediately.
I’ve always been intrigued by the name ‘fool.’ It sounds silly, but it always looks like such a tasty dessert. And there are a lot of ways to put fun variations on the recipe. I love this summer berry version…it’s perfect for this time of the year with fresh berries being plentiful. And it’s a great idea for July 4th, too! I really want to make this now!!
Thanks David. It is indeed a great simple dessert to use up summer berries. Hope you have a wonderful July 4th.
Such a great summer dessert with minimal ingredients! Love the colour from the raspberries!
Thanks Michelle. I love colors of summer berries. So vibrant and pretty!
Love fools! Such a perfect summer dish. This looks great — thanks.
I love easy summer desserts like a trifle or Eton mess. Packed with seasonal fruit and berries, they always taste great and look pretty (And so versatile, too.) I’d definitely love to enjoy this Fool!
I like easy and simple dessert for summer, too. Trifle sounds great using summer berries.
What could be better than a glass full of fresh juicy seasonal berries and sweet cream!? I wish I could dig right in!
I know, right? So easy to make and so creamy delicious!