We’ve no idea where the name “fool” comes from in regards to this dessert. Because there’s nothing foolish about conjuring a conversation-stopping dessert from just three ingredients. Nothing foolish at all. When raspberry season is nigh, by all means, use uber fresh raspberries, though it’s just as spectacular when made with frozen berries.–David Leite

A parfait glass filled with raspberry fool on a decorative glass plate with a silver spoon and two heart-shaped cookies.

Irish Raspberry Fool

4.75 / 4 votes
Raspberry fool is a simple Irish dessert that’s made from just three ingredients—raspberries, sugar, and heavy cream—but is impressive as heck, whether for a quick weeknight sweet or a dinner party dessert.
David Leite
Servings10 servings
Calories224 kcal
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes


  • 1 pound raspberries, (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup superfine sugar, (or just blitz granulated sugar in a blender until finely ground but not powdery)
  • 2 cups whipped cream


  • Spread the raspberries in a single layer in a shallow dish or small baking dish, sprinkle with the sugar, and set aside for 1 hour. (If you’re using frozen raspberries, this should be ample time for them to defrost.)
  • Transfer the berries and any liquid and undissolved sugar to a blender and purée. Then dump the mixture in a strainer set over a bowl and press with the back of a spoon to capture and then discard the seeds.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the strained raspberry purée, stirring just ever so slightly if you wish to create a “swirly” effect. The fool is now ready to be served or can be stuck in the fridge and served several hours later.
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Serving: 1 servingCalories: 224 kcalCarbohydrates: 17 gProtein: 2 gFat: 18 gSaturated Fat: 11 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 4 gCholesterol: 54 mgSodium: 13 mgPotassium: 114 mgFiber: 3 gSugar: 13 gVitamin A: 715 IUVitamin C: 12 mgCalcium: 43 mgIron: 0.4 mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2022 Darina Allen. Photo © 2022 Peter Cassidy. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This is a great throw-together dessert. It’s simple to make and calls for only a few ingredients. I like that you can use either fresh or frozen fruit, so you can make this recipe any time of year and the results will be the same. It’s very versatile and almost impossible to mess up. The key is in the mixing: If you want those pretty swirls of fruit purée, do not overmix. I’d even suggest using a knife to swirl as you would a marble cake. I served it in dessert bowls the first time I made it. The next time I layered it with pound cake topped with more fruit purée. It makes a very pretty dessert that way.

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 4 stars
    I found this recipe when I was looking for a light dessert using raspberries – my husband’s favorite fruit. I did amend the recipe slightly, adding 1/2 tsp almond extract and 1 tbsp of the sugar to the whipping cream and 1 tbsp Chambord liqueur to the raspberry puree after straining. I also used the smaller amount of sugar (1/2 cups). I agree with the instructions to lightly stir the whipped cream and raspberry together to make a swirl and not a pink dessert. I sprinkled with top with slivered almonds. The “Fool” turned out to be a just right light dessert to serve after a steak dinner.

    1. Thanks, Deb! We’re so pleased that you enjoyed it. It really does sound like the perfect end to an excellent meal.

  2. My family has always used BLACK raspberries. It is probably because we could pick them wild where as the red were to be paid for.