Thursday, January 21, 2010

you fool night

there's something comforting about desserts made with fruit. add sugar to that and we have a winner! my friend uses the expression "you fool!" all the time. (in a jesting manner, don't worry.) in honor of her, and our 1 year anniversary since leaving to study abroad, i hosted a "you fool" anniversary dessert party, where we made an english dessert that goes back to the 1600s called fool. it only has 3 ingredients and you can be creative with toppings!

--> feasting fact - JAM vs. JELLY:
jam is thick and made of pieces of fruit and pulp. it's more like a spread.
jelly is clear and is made of fruit juice, sugar and pectin. it is more likely to jiggle!

3 c. heavy cream
3 tbsp confectioners sugar
jam (i used a jar of strawberry and a jar of blackberry but as long as it doesn't have seeds and is not jelly, it's good)
berries (i used strawberries, sliced and blackberries)
granola (this isn't traditional but it's delicious on top if you like a crunch)

whisk or beat the cream and sugar until soft peaks form. it will feel like you are just stirring milk but after a few minutes it will thicken and you'll feel a little resistance as you stir. i used a whisk attachment on the electrical beater.

dollop about 1/4 c. of cream mix into clear stemmed glassware (or, if you're cheap like us, small clear punch cups) per person.

swirl in about 1/4 c. of jam per glass. add toppings as you like! this should yield about 12 servings with room for seconds. :)

*recipe adapted from martha stewart's website. i'm definitely going to try the infinitely more elaborate version next time!

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