Strawberries & Cream Fool

Hello!  How are you?  I am home from my “spring break” and life is back to normal!  While we were away … a few items in the fridge reached their expiration date … shhh, don’t tell Son #3 … he gets a little worried if the date has passed.  I confess … a pint of heavy cream was about two days past it’s date, but it was fine (I tested it) … could not let it go to waste … dessert was waiting … Strawberries and Cream Fool!

Strawberries & Cream Fool

My nice sister-in-law went to the strawberry farm and brought these to me ….

basket of strawberries

She actually gave me six baskets of berries … two mysteriously disappeared before their photo shoot ;)  These strawberries are not only beautiful, they tasted wonderful … oh, how I love spring and summer fruit!

Creamy and cold desserts containing fruit, especially berries, are some of our favorites!  I’m sure you will like this one too!  Oh, I almost forgot to tell you … I threw in some light (1/3 less fat, neufchatel) cream cheese, just to add a little extra creaminess!

Strawberries & Cream Fool

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • 8 ounces light 1/3 less fat (neufchatel) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 3 cups sliced/chopped fresh strawberries
  • A few whole strawberries for garnish if desired
  1. Place a medium-sized bowl and mixer beaters in the fridge for 15 minutes.  Remove from fridge, add heavy cream and 1/4 cup sugar, beat until thickened and stiff peaks form.
  2. In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until well soft and creamy.  Add strawberries and mix for a few minutes, this will help some strawberry juice combine with the cream cheese and create a pretty pink color.
  3. Reserve one cup of prepared whipped cream for garnish.  Fold remaining whipped cream into cream cheese/strawberry mixture.  Put mixture into individual serving dishes if desired.
  4. Place in the fridge for 2-4 hours.  Garnish with remaining whipped cream and whole strawberries.  Hint:  Fan cut the strawberries … if you want to be all fancy dancy!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Fool

I have another confession … look at the spoon in the top photo … the “B” on it was meant for me, Brenda … it “accidentally” fell into my hubby’s pocket at the Biltmore Hotel back in 1973!  Please don’t tell the kids that their parents may have a criminal past ;)

Do you go berry pickin’?  I ♥ your comments!

♦  I share my stuff with these fun parties!  ♦

You may enjoy this “skinny” strawberry dessert too …

skinny strawberry dessert

 

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Strawberries & Cream Fool

  1. I can’t believe there was anything left in your frig when you arrived home, Brenda. Your boys fell down on the job! I picked raspberries last year at an apple farm about 30 minutes away. However, it was a poor year for raspberries in our area of NYS.

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  2. We have strawberry farms close by. It’s not that much more to pay for them to run out and pick them fresh for you. That’s my option. LOL

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      • The dessert was a hit!

        I didn’t add sugar to the coconut cream because it’s naturally a little sweet, but I did add some vanilla extract. The cream beat up a lot easier than traditional whipped cream, and it remained thick and stiff even in the hot weather.

        The only other major changes I made to the recipe were using a dairy-free Neufchâtel and adding a splash of kirsch to the strawberries.

        The dessert was great and everyone wanted seconds! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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