Lemon Fool with Fresh Berries

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Here’s an updated version of the traditional “fool” —an old-fashioned dessert with fruit or berries folded into whipped cream or custard. This dessert is ideal for entertaining since it can be assembled earlier in the day.

Whipped cream is a delicious traditional ingredient in many desserts, but it is high in fat, so combine small amounts with lower-fat ingredients such as the fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt in this recipe.

Instead of individual serving dishes, layer berries and lemon fool in a 6-cup (1.5L) deep glass serving bowl.




Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian


Taste and Texturecreamy, fruity, rich, savory, sweet, tart

Type of Dishdessert


  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) cornstarch
  • ½ cup (125 mL) cold water
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup (250 mL) plain low-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup (125 mL) whipping (35%) cream
  • 4 cups (1 L) fresh berries, such as sliced strawberries, raspberries or blueberries
  • Additional berries, fresh mint sprigs and grated lemon zest


In a small saucepan, combine cornstarch with water; whisk until smooth. Add sugar, lemon zest, juice and egg yolks; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil; cook for 15 seconds. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl. Let cool slightly. Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled. (Recipe can be prepared to this point up to 1 day ahead.)

Whisk lemon mixture until smooth. Whisk in yogurt.

In bowl, using electric mixer, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into lemon-yogurt mixture.

Arrange half the berries in six parfait or large wine glasses. Top with half the lemon fool; layer with remaining berries and lemon fool. (Recipe can be prepared to this point and refrigerated for up to 4 hours.) To serve, garnish with whole berries, mint sprigs and grated lemon zest.



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