Cherry Brown Sugar Fool with Honey Almonds

Cherry Fool

Don’t give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.” Irish Saying

I found this Irish saying a few days ago, which by the way, seems to make sense. I’m not sure if I’ve ever given cherries to pigs. Growing up on a farm, I do remember feeding pigs table scraps, which may have accidentally included a stray cherry. But mostly they were fed a combination of a commercial feed product that when mixed with water we called “slop”.

And as far as fools go, I suppose that over the years, I could have unwittingly given advice to one or two.

But one thing I know for sure is I’ve never prepared, served, purchased or eaten any type of fruit fool. A Googling I went and found a recipe from Whole Foods and being a fool and not waiting until cherries are in season, I decided to make this for St. Patrick’s Day using canned cherries.

This fool is a simple combination of cream with brown sugar and vanilla extract added and then beaten in a mixer until it became whipped cream. I folded in a mixture of cherries, almond extract and lemon juice which as been cooked stove top to form a compote-style mixture. The whole thing was then topped with sliced almonds that had been coated with honey and baked. We liked this dessert simply because it wasn’t too sweet.

corned beef cabbage

Being St. Patrick’s Day, of course we served this dessert after our corned beef brisket, cabbage and potato dinner.

Our brisket was placed in the crock pot using a bottle of hard cider for the liquid. It was topped with about 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of  horseradish mustard. For the sake of texture, I cooked the potatoes and cabbage separately. Bob quickly noted that the cabbage should have been boiled, I agreed. I quickly noted that roasting the potatoes was also an “Irish” mistake. Bob agreed.

Anyway, we’re not complete fools. Rye bread, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese have been purchased for Reuben Sandwich leftovers.

Isn’t it grand to be Irish for a few days? Which by the way, I recently read somewhere that a pig was to blame for the invention of this traditional meal. Irish immigrants who couldn’t afford bacon used a cheaper cut from beef, salted to render and spiced to create what we now know as corned beef.

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Cherry Fool
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Honey Almonds:
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Cherry Brown Sugar Fool:
  • 1 cup pitted fresh sweet cherries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat (e.g. Silpat).
  2. In a small bowl, coat nuts with honey. Spread nuts on the baking mat. Bake 7 to 10 minutes, until golden. Transfer nuts to a bowl to cool. Coarsely chop, and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine cherries, lemon juice, almond extract, sugar and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cherries begin to break down and juices boil and thicken, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, and transfer to a small bowl. Place bowl in a larger bowl of ice water, and stir mixture occasionally until cold.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine cream, brown sugar, and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form; fold in ⅓ cup of the cherry sauce. Combine, but not fully — there should be beautiful cherry streaks running through the fresh cream.
  6. Divide among four dessert dishes, and spoon remaining cherries over tops. Garnish with the honey almonds.

Cherry Fool…It’s What’s for St. Paddy’s Dessert.

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Comments

  1. says

    Lea Ann, Costco often has organic frozen cherries that are absolutely delicious. I always have some in the freezer for milk shakes or over vanilla ice cream. They are tons better than canned ones. Your dessert sounds fabulous. I know that would be a hit a my house.

  2. says

    I’ve definitely fed grapes to pigs years ago on my grandparents’ farm. But, never cherries. I’d much rather keep the cherries for this dessert! It sounds great with the almonds.

  3. says

    Looks like a great dessert– I am ready for summer and cherries too but for now, the frozen kind will have to do for me. I have some in the freezer now with the intent to make healthy smoothies but this dessert might be the way to go!

  4. says

    I often skip the dessert posts, but had to find out what a cherry fool was. Glad I did as it sounds delicious and your presentation is elegant.

  5. says

    Can’t say I have fed cherries to pigs either.. BUT.. I may have given a fool advice once or twice :)
    Your fool looks and sounds fantastic, though! Definitely something I am going to have to make soon!

  6. says

    I love cherries and almonds and not-too-sweet desserts. Sounds perfect to me. Reuben Sandwiches and Reuben Soup are my favorite part of St. Patrick’s day food. :)

  7. says

    I love that saying, I have never heard it before. I haven’t given cherry to a pig but I have put cherries on a ham with pineapple!

    I think Cherry Fool might be Pity Da Fool’s little sister.

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