April 21, 2005

Frocken Fool

No, that's not some sort of a fricken fracken insult. Fraughan, pronounced as frocken, is Gaelic for the bilberry. similar to the American blueberry. A fool is simply a sort of whipped cream dessert, related to the flummary, syllabub and mousse. You could simply defrost blueberries in syrup, and put them in a bowl with Krool-Whip and have an approximation of this, but I hope you won't. Instead, bookmark this for when the berries are in season, and do it right.

1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
3 to 4 drops almond extract
2 cups fresh blueberries
4 shortbread cookies
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Whip the cream with an electric mixer to the soft peak stage and fold in the sour cream, sugar and almond extract.

Cook all but a few of the berries over a low flame (you do have a gas stove don't you, no serious cook uses an electric one) until they start to soften and break up, about eight to ten minutes, then remove from the flame and let cool. Put a couple tablespoons of the cooked berries into each of four chilled parfait glasses, fold the rest into the cream mixture and add to the glasses. Crumble one cookie over each, and top with the berries you didn't cook and the slivered almonds. Refrigerate until it is time for dessert.

Posted by triticale at April 21, 2005 09:38 PM

Unless they live in a place without gas lines. Then they buy the best solid surface they can and whine a lot!

I make a similar dish with cranberries for the holidays except it doesn't have the sour cream. I am interested to see how this one tastes.

Posted by: Punctilious at April 23, 2005 11:05 PM
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