recipe

Don’t be fooled—to make this classic, creamy British dessert, you’ll need to carefully combine fruit and whipped cream into a sweet, fluffy treat.

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 1¼ hours
yield
  • Serves 4

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Prepare Ingredients

2 pounds
strawberries
2 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons
sugar, measured separately
1 tablespoon
lemon juice, squeezed from ½ lemon
2 cups
Whipped Cream

Gather Cooking Equipment

Cutting board
Chef's knife
2
bowls (1 large, 1 medium)
Rubber spatula
Plastic wrap
10-inch skillet
Whisk
Slotted spoon
Spoon
4
(8- to 12-ounce) glass tumblers or jars
1
 
2 pounds
strawberries

Place strawberries on their sides on cutting board and carefully cut off leafy green parts. Stand strawberries on cut side and slice strawberries. (If strawberries are large, cut slices in half.)

 
2
 
2 tablespoons
sugar

Place half of strawberries in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and use rubber spatula to stir until combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

 
3
 
1 tablespoon
lemon juice, squeezed from ½ lemon
2 tablespoons
sugar

Transfer remaining strawberries to 10-inch skillet. Add lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and use rubber spatula to stir until combined.

 
4
 

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with rubber spatula, until strawberries are broken down and spatula leaves clear trail through jam mixture, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off heat and slide skillet to cool burner.

 
5
 

Let jam cool in skillet for 5 minutes. Use rubber spatula to scrape jam into large bowl (ask an adult for help). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until chilled, at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

 
6
 
2 cups
Whipped Cream

When ready to make fools, make Whipped Cream. Fold whipped cream into chilled jam.

2up folding whipped cream

Add about one-third of whipped cream to bowl with jam. Whisk until just combined. Add remaining whipped cream to bowl. Use rubber spatula to cut down through center of mixture to bottom of bowl.

Pull spatula toward you, scraping bottom and side of bowl and gently folding mixture up and over and into middle. Rotate bowl a quarter turn and repeat scraping and gently folding over. Repeat rotating and folding until components are just combined.

 
7
 

Use slotted spoon to divide half of sliced strawberries evenly among glasses. Use spoon to divide all of strawberry-cream mixture evenly among glasses. Use slotted spoon to top each glass with remaining sliced strawberries. Serve.