Strawberry Coconut Fool

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

Creamy, smooth, cold, sweet, fruity, light, airy, white, and bright red… Let’s see, how many more adjectives can I come up with to describe this incredibly simple dessert?

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

Fundamentally, a fool is effortless to prepare: just fold together a bit of syrupy fruit with custard or whipped cream. This dessert originates in England; the even-more-easy relative of the classic English trifle. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a fool served in a restaurant. Perhaps most chefs scoff at the sweet treat, fearing it plain or inadequate. What a shame, as I think that the fool is perfectly delicious in its simplicity.

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

I’m certainly a fruit-aholic, and love dreaming of new ways to incorporate my favorite berries and other fruits into baked goods and cakes. Shortcakes topped with syrupy strawberries, summer peaches buried under a layer of cinnamon crumble, the rich pumpkin filling in a perfect autumn pie. Yes, yes, and yes – I love it all! These desserts are perfect in their union of fruit, spices, and pastry. But sometimes, these complex combinations are more than we need.

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

The fool simplifies our favorite fruit desserts down to only a couple of ingredients. For this iteration, I used a basket of perfectly ripe spring strawberries. I paired the red berries with lightly sweetened, whipped coconut cream for an easy vegan treat. Try whipping up this fool for a quick dessert, or serve it at your next dinner party – the dish may be simple, but it’s still impressive in its tastiness!

Strawberry Coconut Fool + recipe | Glitter & Grace Blog #summerrecipe #strawberry #coconut #vegan

Strawberry Coconut Fool

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 can coconut cream, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • sliced strawberries and toasted coconut, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar. Mash slightly with a fork, then let sit for fifteen minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, spoon thickened coconut cream from the can into a bowl. Reserve the remaining coconut water for another use.
  3. Whip coconut cream with a whisk until stiff. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla, and salt and whip to combine.
  4. To assemble, divide cream among four bowls or small mason jars, alternating with spoonfuls of the mashed strawberries. Swirl with a fork, though don’t combine fully.
  5. Serve topped with strawberry slices and toasted coconut, if desired.
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