Every year I tune into food network to see their holiday shows. This year was no different and although I really wish they’d note which year is which I can’t get enough. I ended up with about 40 Thanksgiving specials and I can never guess when its from seeing that I’ve seen them all before. Well anyway, one Thanksgiving special I recently saw Bobby Flay did a cranberry fool parfait that kind of stuck in my mind. I think it was actually a leftover show but every time I see cranberry sauce “leftover” recipes I laugh. I mean, Really? People have some left? My family sometimes used to go through 2 or 3 cans when I was a kid. As an adult I make my own and preserve it myself so I have this stuff in my fridge and cabinet for a while. No need to wait for leftovers I can just knock out great cranberry recipes any time.
A fruit fool is a traditional English dessert made with fruit, sugar and whipped cream. Although this version is really just whipped cream and homemade cranberry sauce its absolutely spectacular. Having a mouth full of sweet teeth I’m not sure I’d call this dessert on its own but it sure is great. You can use it as a cranberry whipped cream atop some pumpkin pie, sprinkle it with some gingersnap cookies or even freeze it for a mid day snack maybe? I found this to be a basic recipe that really surprised me. You can make any flavor fool using any type of fruit jam or fresh fruit. I think I might dare to say this would be great in a pie crust and frozen as well.
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1/2 cup Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Whip cream and sugar until fluffy, not overly stiff. Gently fold cranberry sauce into the mixture. Serve with additional cranberry sauce maybe cookies?
Fill ramekins, parfait cups or trifle dish with cranberry preserves, plain whipped cream and cookie crumbles. I love gingersnap cookies in particular.