Tom Aikens' blackberry fool

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Tom Aikens' blackberry fool recipe
Tom Aikens' blackberry fool recipe
  • Serves: 4 approx

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    (may need an extra min)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Use up those blackberries in a thick and creamy summer berry fool that's really quick and easy to make.


  • 500g British blackberries
  • 155g caster sugar
  • The juice and peel of one lemon
  • 500ml whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • Vanilla essence

You could use this basic fool recipe and replace the blackberries for your favourite berries like strawberries and raspberries.


  1. Place the vanilla bean into a pan with the lemon peel, lemon juice, blackberries, 130g sugar (ie. keeping 25g aside) and place on a tight fitting lid.
  2. On a low heat, simmer for 7-8 minutes until the blackberries start to break down, then remove from the heat and leave to cool, with the lid on.
  3. Whisk the cream with 2-3 drops of vanilla essence, 25g caster sugar. Whisk until semi whipped.
  4. Put compote into a large missing bowl.
  5. Carefully fold in the cream in 3 lots, with a spatula.
  6. You may want to taste the mixture before adding all the cream, depending on how strong you want the blackberry taste.
  7. Serve chilled.

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I'm thinking it's a mixing bowl, not a missing bowl. If it was missing, you couldn't put anything in it!;) I made this with American (Oregon) blackberries and it was great. Thanks for the recipe. I will be using it again and with other varieties of berries and maybe peaches.

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