If you’re looking for a wonderful recipe to serve at any garden party or BBQ, then this Strawberry Lemon Fool is bound to hit the spot.
Hi Simply Stacie friends, Nicky here, calling in from Kitchen Sanctuary with a dessert recipe to set you up for summer!
This decadent dessert contains piles of soft and sweetened whipped cream that’s dotted with juicy, amaretto-spiked strawberries and tangy lemon curd. Between you and me, I also like to add crushed amaretti biscuits to compliment the almondy hint in the delicious strawberries.
Considering how easy this dessert is to make, it’s surprisingly layered!
Although this Strawberry Lemon Fool is one of my summer staples, you can pull it out at any time of year. I’m just partial to strawberries during the summer as they’re fresh, sweet, and super juicy. The sweet cream and crunchy amaretto biscuits also add different textures to the dessert which makes it a crowd-pleaser for any season.
If you want to switch things up slightly, you can switch out the strawberries for any other fruit you fancy! This is one of my more adaptable dessert recipes, as you can pair the base with bananas, apples, cherries, mixed berries, or anything else your heart desires.
As it’s basically fool-proof thanks to the simple steps and minimal prep time, it’s the perfect recipe for creating with kiddos. Just watch out for sticky fingers licking up the amaretto; for this reason, I recommend swapping the booze for water if you’re making this dessert for the entire family!
Whether you’re on the hunt for a creamy dessert that’ll cool you down or are in the mood for a decadent and indulgent dessert that’ll represent the beauty of springtime, then this Strawberry Lemon Fool has got you covered!
Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Lemon Fool
- It balances several delicate flavors to produce a rich and creamy dessert.
- It’s surprisingly easy to make.
- It’s perfect for cooling down during the summer months.
- It’s easy enough to make with kids.
- Chopped strawberries
- Granulated sugar
- Amaretto (optional – replace with water if you like)
- Heavy cream
- Confectioners’ sugar
- Lemon curd
- Amaretti cookies (you can replace them with shortbread or even graham crackers if you prefer), crumbled
- Lemon slices
How to Make Strawberry Lemon Fool
- Step One: Place the strawberries in a bowl with granulated sugar.
- Step Two: Stir together and leave to macerate for 15 minutes.
- Step Three: After 15 minutes, add the amaretto or water and roughly crush the strawberries with a fork. Put to one side.
- Step Four: Whisk the cream and confectioners’ sugar together so it’s thick and billowy but not stiff.
- Step Five: Take three glasses and layer the cream, spoonfuls of strawberry, and small dots of lemon curd.
- Step Six: Sprinkle the top with crumbled amaretti and place a lemon slice on the edge of each glass before serving.
You’ll need a few key pieces of equipment to make the magic happen with this recipe.
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What to Serve with Strawberry Lemon Fool
If you’re looking to spice up your Strawberry Lemon Fool, then try a few of these incredible sweet treats!
- Strawberry Sauce
- Strawberry Ice Cream
- Jelly Donut Ice Cream Bowl
- Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Strawberry Cream Pie
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Chill your martini glasses before spooning the fool mixture in. This will prevent the cream from melting and the ingredients from going gooey.
- If possible, place your fool in the fridge for an hour or so before serving. Everything will taste slightly fresher, and it’ll keep the consistency palatable for longer!
- Pat the strawberries dry before placing them in a bowl with granulated sugar. The sugar is designed to draw out some of the moisture from the fruit while adding a nice sugary crunch!
- Don’t overbeat your cream. You’ll want to whisk until it’s gorgeously thick, but you don’t want it to become thick and dense.
- If possible, enjoy it within 4 hours or so of making it. You can still have this the next day, but the cream may deflate, and the dessert will get quite a bit runnier.
Variations and Substitutions
- You can make this slightly healthier by using a sugar-free sweetener instead of sugar. Just make sure you use a powdered substitute to avoid a gritty texture and carefully figure out the substitution values!
- If you’re not a fan of amaretto, you can either exclude it altogether or switch things up with fruity liquors like Chambord.
- If you dare to be different, do as the Brits do and switch out the whipped cream for a rich custard!
Storing this recipe can be slightly tricky as you don’t want it to dry out or become crusty. I recommend storing it in an airtight container for best results.
Can I Freeze?
Unfortunately, this dessert doesn’t freeze well so you’ll have to enjoy it within a couple of days.
Easy Dessert Recipes
- Blueberry Pie Ice Cream – another recipe that’s perfect for summer and requires no eggs or ice cream machine!
- Chocolate Cream Tarts – if you’re searching for a dessert that’s slightly richer than this Strawberry Lemon Fool, then these bite-sized chocolate treats are ideal!
- Lemon Bars – if you’re not feeling this recipe but fancy a lemony kick, these Lemon Bars are perfect.
- Classic Lemon Pie – this is one of my all-time favorite lemon recipes and is super-easy to whip up!
- Blueberry and Lemon Cheesecake Bars – this recipe is ideal if you want a creamy dessert that packs a fruity punch.
You’ll also like this Lemon Bread.
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- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- ½ tbsp amaretto (optional – replace with water if you like)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
- 4 tbsp lemon curd
- 2 amaretti cookies (you can replace with shortbread or even graham crackers if you prefer), crumbled
- Lemon slices
- Place the strawberries in a bowl with the granulated sugar. Stir together and leave to macerate for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes add the amaretto or water and roughly crush the strawberries with a fork. Put to one side.
- Whisk the cream and confectioners’ sugar together so it’s thick and billowy, but not stiff.
- Take three glasses and layer the cream, spoonfuls of strawberry and dots of lemon curd. Sprinkle the top with crumbled amaretti and place a lemon slice on the edge of each glass before serving.
You can make these 2-3 hours ahead, but sprinkle on the amaretti biscuits just before serving – otherwise they’ll go soft.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g