Fool Them All!

Yes, April 1st arrives and that means that it is April Fools’ Day!

I’ve always found the pranks pulled on this day to be a bit mean-spirited. This year I’m recommending a pain-free, delicious way to fool your friends–with a no-cook sweet treat that they’ll be convinced took you hours. A few weeks ago, I made elaborate-looking nutella cheesecakes that my friends thought took me all day. In reality, I spent about 5 minutes mixing the ingredients and then popped them into the refrigerator to set. The result was delicious & I fooled them all!

Sharing that recipe, however, would reveal all of my tricks. Instead, and in honor of the day we are celebrating here, I give you a recipe for raspberry fool (of course!). If you don’t know, a fool is the simplest of desserts—just whole or puréed fruit folded into whipped cream. Feel free to make and enjoy…

You will need:

18 ounces raspberries (about 4 1/2 cups; fresh or frozen)

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. raspberry liqueur (optional)

1 pint heavy whipping cream

To make:

1. In a medium bowl, mash with a fork 12 oz. raspberries (about 3 cups), 2 tbsp. sugar, and the liqueur, if using. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whip cream with remaining sugar using a mixer or whisk until firm peaks form. With a spatula, fold in raspberry-liqueur mixture. Divide fool among 8 glasses or bowls and top with remaining fresh raspberries. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours and prepare to dazzle!

Did I mention this dessert is calorie and fat free? Just kidding.

Happy April Fools’!  -Carol

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