Strawberry Fool 2

Course : Desserts
Serves: 8
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2 cups port wine -- (not tawny port)
1 piece cinnamon stick -- (3 inch)
2 whole cloves
1 piece vanilla bean -- split/scraped
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
12 whole peppercorns -- cracked
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup boysenberries
1 cup raspberries
2 cups blueberries
2 cups strawberries
2 pints strawberries
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sour cream

Preparation / Directions:

To prepare port wine syrup: in a shallow pan combine port with rest of ingredients, except berries. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to 1 cup, which will take about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain into medium bowl. Add half boysenberries and raspberries and crush fruit with the back of a large spoon. Stir in remaining berries, except strawberries. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours or overnight. Just before serving, slice strawberries and stir them into fruit mixture. Spoon into glass bowls or goblets. To prepare fool: reserve several perfect strawberries for garnish. Hull remaining berries, slice through the stem end, and place in a nonreactive bowl. Pour warm syrup through strainer over berries, crushing fruit gently with a fork. Set aside for 30 minutes at room temperature or 1 hour in refrigerator. When ready to serve, beat heavy cream to soft peaks and mix in sour cream. Remove berries from liquid with slotted spoon and carefully fold them into cream. Spoon a small puddle of Port Wine Syrup onto individual dessert plates or into wine goblets and top with cream and berries. Drizzle a little syrup over cream and garnish with reserved strawberries.


Nutritional Information:

467 Calories (kcal); 29g Total Fat; (61% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 37g Carbohydrate; 94mg Cholesterol; 44mg Sodium

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