Happy April Fools’ Day! This little April Lemon Berry Fool is layers of sweet, tangy cream, light lemon curd, and berry compote!
First – How are you guys? For realz?
Oof. Guys. I’m not really sure how to talk about food when we’re living in the world of COVID-19. It’s kind of hard to tune out the world when you’re wiping down your deliveries with disinfecting wipes and shouting at your neighbors over the fence, instead of checking in at their door. I hope you’re well. I hope your family is well. And I hope you’re finding your moments of peace and happiness amid all the chaos.
Second – My Peace? Lemon Berry Fool.
Well. Any cooking or baking really. I’m not used to pulling my flour bin out this much but suddenly store-bought staples like tortillas or bread are running a little scarce while the stores re-stock.
When I started contemplating potential April Fools’ Recipes (celebrating the small stuff is the only way I know to break up the day-to-day quarantine life), I knew I had heavy cream that was about to pass its expiration date and a lot of meyer lemons. Huzzah! Lemon fool recipe! Some people would be perfectly happy to just layer lemon curd and cream, but I’m all about the berries. And luckily, I have umpteen thousand bags of frozen berries, due to my deep love for acai smoothie bowls.
This recipe will basically work with any flavor profile! Got frozen blueberries instead of mixed berries? Totally fine. Strawberries? Load them up. This frozen fruit fool is basically a choose-a-fruit fool. Whichever berry is your favorite will work fine.
What is a fool?
Great question! Fool traditionally referred to an English dessert in which stewed fruit was folded into sweetened custard. Modern fool recipes frequently use whipped cream and a layered presentation.
Lemon curd is hard.
I TOTALLY used to agree with you. But I actually found a cheater’s lemon curd recipe that is foolproof (ha => see what i did there?), much more simple, and dirties less dishes.
But any lemon curd will work! I’ve done this with a jar of store-bought lemon curd and it was still fantastic.
What is the difference between fool and mousse?
They can be very similar. Recipes for mousse vary widely. They can include whipped egg whites, be thickened with gelatin, or — similar to a fool — use whipped heavy cream. While fool is traditionally paired with fruit, mousse can be flavored with just about anything, including both sweet or savory flavors.
What is the difference between trifle and fool?
Trifle is very similar in that it usually involves layers of sweetened, whipped cream and fruit. But often, trifle also includes layers of broken cake or cookies.
Cream. Well, you’re unfortunately going to need some form of dairy for this adventure. But any type of yogurt will also give you a fool-esque treat.
Greek yogurt. Feel free to substitute for any type of yogurt or sour cream. If you use sour cream, then only use 2 tablespoons, since I always find sour cream a little more, well, sour than greek yogurt.
Lemon curd. Any citrus fruit will work for making curd. I used meyer lemons for this recipe. Store-bought jars of lemon curd will also work. Your mom’s canned curd is the best. No curd at all? Blend up some frozen pineapple and a little bit of water/milk/juice and bam – you have tangy puree.
Berry Compote. No frozen berries? Fresh will work too. So will replacing the compote with any flavor of jelly or jam!