Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Don't let the name confuse you. This is an easy, delicious and summery dessert, not a reference to the person standing at the grill.
A fool is a classic British dessert made from a fruit compote and whipped cream. Traditionally, the two components are folded together, but they also can be layered in a parfait glass. In this revision, the fruit is grilled rather than cooked on the stovetop.
This recipe, from the Associated Press, uses a mixture of strawberries and peaches, but pineapple and banana with a little toasted coconut on top would be a great tropical fool. Or use apples and pears with cinnamon in the whipped cream.
Vegetable oil, for oiling the grill
2 peaches, halved, pits removed
1 pound large strawberries, stemmed and halved
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat a grill to medium-high. Be sure that the grates are very clean. Using a pair of tongs, rub a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil over the grates.
Grill the peaches and strawberries until tender and starting to brown. Remove the strawberries after 5 minutes. Flip the peaches and grill for another 5 minutes. Allow the fruit to cool until it is easily handled. Pull the skins off the peaches. Cut the fruit up into 1/2-inch cubes, then combine in a large bowl. Stir in the honey and lemon juice. Allow to cool completely.
With an electric mixer, in a large bowl beat the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
To assemble the fools, arrange the fruit and whipped cream in layers in tall glasses. Start with the mixed fruit, then spoon whipped cream over it and repeat until the glass is filled. Alternatively, fold the cooled fruit into the whipped cream and spoon the mixture into glasses.
Per serving: 440 calories; 310 calories from fat (67 percent of total calories); 34 g fat (21 g saturated; 1 g trans fats); 125 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrate; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber; 35 mg sodium.