Tom Aikens’ blackberry fool Recipe

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  • Vegetarian


4 approx






15 min


7 min
(may need an extra min)

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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Whisk the cream with 2-3 drops of vanilla essence, 25g caster sugar. Whisk until semi whipped.

  • Put compote into a large missing bowl.

  • Carefully fold in the cream in 3 lots, with a spatula.

  • You may want to taste the mixture before adding all the cream, depending on how strong you want the blackberry taste.

  • Serve chilled.

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