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Very Berry Fool

2 pints Fresh Strawberries, Cleaned And Hulled
1 cup Blueberries
1/2 cups Sugar, Plus 2 Tablespoons, Divided Use
2 teaspoons Gelatin
2 cups Cream, Divided Use
1/4 cups Sour Cream
3/4 teaspoons Vanilla, Divided
3 whole Butter Cookies, Crumbled


Mix 1 pint of strawberries, blueberries, and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor or blender and mix for 1 minute or until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl to remove any seeds or skins. You should have close to 2 1/2 cups of liquid when done. Take 1/2 cup of the puree and add the gelatin to it and mix well. Set it aside for 5 minutes to thicken or bloom. Take the remaining puree and in a saucepan heat it until warm, not boiling. Remove it from the heat, add gelatin mixture to the warm mixture and stir well to combine. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 2 hours. Take the other pint of strawberries and cut each into a 1/4 inch dice. Feel free to add another 1/2 cup of blueberries to this mixture if youd like. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour so the berries can macerate. After two hours, add 1 cup cream, sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to a mixing bowl (can use a stand mixer). Beat mixture on low for 30 seconds, then medium on 30 seconds and then on high until you have stiff peaks. Tip: Putting your mixing bowl and beaters in the fridge or freezer ahead if time will speed up this process. Add 2/3 of chilled strawberry puree to the cream mixture and mix well. Then fold the remaining 1/3 of puree into the cream mixture until just blended. Dont over mix. Drain diced berries that have been macerating. Using some nice dessert glasses, layer drained berries and cream mixture into glasses. I started with berries and ended with berries. If you arent ready to serve, refrigerate. Just before serving, beat the remaining cup of cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until stiff peaks form. Add a dollop of this to the top of each dessert glass. Garnish with crushed butter cookies and if you really want to be fancy, a sprig of mint looks really nice.

Source: tastykitchen.com