Strawberry-Orange Fool

No one knows exactly why this British-born dessert was termed a "fool," but we have our suspicions. This meal, which consists of rustic layers of fruit and whipped cream, is so simple to prepare that anyone can do it.

Our breakfast version includes luscious strawberries and orange segments for a refreshing jolt. We also included a splash of orange liqueur, which can be replaced with orange juice to make these alcohol-free.

In a departure from tradition, we add a crispy layer of crumbled waffle cones to the dessert to make these beauties brunch-ready.

Traditional British fools frequently contained custard and stewed fruit; we've simplified this recipe by using fresh fruit and rich handmade whipped cream combined with tart crème fraiche. 

If you can't find it, you can use sour cream instead. But, whatever you do, make sure to use fresh handmade whipped cream—it makes a tremendous difference.Use a serrated knife to cut off the top and bottom ends of the oranges. 

Cut off the rinds, following the curve of each orange, and remove all of the exterior white pith. Cut out segments using orange membranes as guidelines,

then remove and discard any seeds. Squeeze juice from membranes into a small basin; save juice for later use, and discard membranes.

In a large bowl, add orange segments, strawberries, orange liqueur (if desired), and 4 tablespoons sugar. Allow the mixture to remain undisturbed for about 10 minutes, or until the strawberries begin to release their juices.

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