Strawberry Balsamic Fool

Recipes for Fool (or Foole) have been around since the 17th century. It’s a lot like a trifle, but without the cake pieces. You can use any berries, but we chose sweet and luscious strawberries paired with rich white balsamic vinegar for our version of this classic creamy dessert. We’re not fooling when we say it’s incredible!

Prep Time
15 minutes
30 minutes macerating time
30 minutes chilling time
Cook Time
15 minutes
Strawberry fool in a parfait glass on a marble slab with a bowl of strawberries in sauce

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar & Redpath® Icing Sugar

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar

Light-coloured and just right for baking, the subtle notes of caramel and moist texture make it ideal for allowing delicate flavours to shine through in your creations.

Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar

Redpath® Icing Sugar

Redpath® Icing Sugar

Use it to make the smoothest frostings, icings, and glazes you’ve ever seen for the finishing touch on your cakes, cupcakes, and more.

Lemon zest, finely grated

Fresh strawberries

Fresh basil leaves

Large & medium bowls

Slotted spoon

Heavy-bottomed pot

Heatproof spatula or wooden spoon

Measuring cups & spoons

Liquid measuring cup

Microplane or grater

Stand mixer with whisk attachment OR hand mixer

Stemless wine glasses, Champagne coupes, drinking glasses, or jars

For the strawberries:
  • 4 cups (576 g) strawberries, washed, hulled, and halved or quartered
  • ⅓ cup (83 ml) white balsamic vinegar (see Chef’s Tips)
  • ¼ cup (54 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp (2 g) lemon zest, finely grated
For the whipped cream:
  • ½ cup (113 g) cream cheese, brick-style, cubed
  • ¼ cup (32 g) Redpath® Icing Sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
Garnish (optional):
  • Lemon zest, finely grated
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh basil leaves
For the strawberries:

Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, white balsamic vinegar, the Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Toss several times until sugar is dissolved and strawberries are evenly coated. Cover and let sit at room temperature; 30 minutes (toss every 10 minutes).

Step 2

With a slotted spoon, remove the macerated strawberries from the bowl. Reserve strawberries.

Step 3

Step 4

Add in 1½ cups (216 grams) of the sliced strawberries to the balsamic reduction. Allow strawberries to soften and release their juices, while being careful not to crush them. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture becomes syrupy; 5 minutes.

Step 5

Remove from heat and pour the balsamic reduction over the remaining strawberries. Sprinkle in the lemon zest and gently stir to combine. Set aside and cool to room temperature, then place into the fridge to chill completely.

For the whipped cream:

Step 1

In the chilled bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, add in the cubed cream cheese and the Redpath® Icing Sugar. Beat on medium speed until cream cheese is smooth and no lumps remain. Add in the vanilla extract. Whip on medium high for 30 seconds to aerate the cream cheese and to ensure the cheese is free from lumps. Scrape sides.

Step 2

On medium speed, slowly pour the heavy cream down the sides of the bowl. Allow cream to be incorporated before adding more. When all of the heavy cream has been added, increase speed to medium-high and whip until medium to stiff peaks form; do not overmix.

For assembly:

Step 1

Spoon a layer of the strawberry-balsamic mixture into the bottom of individual glasses.

Step 2

Spoon a layer of the whipped cream over the strawberries. Repeat process until glasses are filled.

Step 3

Serve immediately, or place into the fridge until ready to serve.

Strawberry fool in two parfait glasses on a marble slab with gold spoons