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Blueberry Fool

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Serves four.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 27

An intense blueberry compote is the base for this summer fool.

  • 4 cups blueberries, rinsed, picked over, and drained
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar  
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1-1/4 cups cold ultrapasteurized heavy cream

In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, and nutmeg. Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the berries have released their juice and burst when lightly pressed with the spoon, about 6 minutes. You’ll have about 3 cups of berry mixture at this stage. Increase the heat to high and reduce the mixture by half, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, 6 or 7 minutes. Pour the compote into a bowl or a large measuring cup and refrigerate until very cold, about 4 hours. Taste and adjust the flavorings if you like, remembering that flavors will be muted when you fold the mixture into the cream.

In a chilled bowl, whip the cream to firm but not stiff peaks. With a rubber spatula, gently fold 1-1/4 cups of the chilled compote into the cream just until incorporated. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 24 hours. Just before serving, spoon the remaining compote over the fool.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make the blueberry compote up to three days ahead.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 410; Fat (g): fat g 28; Fat Calories (kcal): 250; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 17; Protein (g): protein g 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 41; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 190; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 100; Fiber (g): fiber g 4;

Photo: Mark Ferri

Incredibly easy to make, and always a big hit with my family.

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