Strawberry Fool (Ghana)

"This recipe has been posted for ZWT II & my source is The intro says: "The term "fool" (also Egyptian for lentils) comes from the English & means essentially a fruit puree folded into a soft custard or whipped cream. You may begin w/any good custard recipe, vanilla pudding or whipped cream." Later he said there were 3 African Fools: Strawberry Fool (Ghana), Peach Fool (Liberia) & Peanut Fool (Nigeria)."
photo by breezermom photo by breezermom
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Ready In:
8 1/2 cup servings




  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar over 1 cup quartered strawberries.
  • Beat 1 cup heavy cream w/the wine till the mixture is stiff. Fold whipped cream/wine mixture into strawberries.
  • Pile high in footed sherbet glasses. Garnish ea w/1 whole strawberry.

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  1. breezermom
    I followed the other reviewer's advice and added the port to the strawberries and sugar. They are absolutely amazing. I let them sit and marinate for about an hour and they turned out to taste wonderful! I just whipped up my whip cream and didn't add any sugar since the berries were already sweetened. Thanks for sharing a treat!! Made for Photo Tag game.
  2. lauralie41
    What a wonderful and easy dessert!! I read tigerduck and evelyn/athens reviews and also put the port wine in the strawberries along with the confectioner sugar. Let the strawberries marinate a bit while the bowl and beater were in the freezer chilling to whip the cream. DH loved this also!
  3. evelynathens
    I read Tigerduck's review before making this recipe and so I decided to add the port to the strawberries and just do a slightly-sweetened whipped cream topping. Delicious blend of flavours - I liked the port in with the berries. Very easy and easy to eat.
  4. tigerduck
    This recipes deserves 5 stars because it is so quick and it uses ingredients that I have usually at hand (besides the strawberries). Having said that I have to confess that I only thought I would have port wine. Well, I didn't and so I substituted with a mix of maraschino and red wine. I liked the result of this dessert and ended up eating nearly all of the amount I made just by myself (I made 3/4 of the stated amount). However, one thing I didn't quite like is that the wine makes the white cream look greyish, but if you fill the fool in beautiful glasses and top it with a whole strawberry it looks still lovely.


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