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Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

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We have been enjoying our time learning with The Peaceful Press, both The Peaceful Preschool and The Playful Pioneers, and while we have been learning about our past, and how people lived in the 1800’s, we really have taken to one book in-particular on the book list.

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool
“A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat” by Emily Jenkins + Sophie Blackall

We have been reading A Fine Dessert this summer, over and over for about 2 months now, and my son Connor has really taken to it this weekend, asking for it to be read every night and falling asleep with it.

He is so amazed at the artwork, and the history and how the families were different, yet ate the same dessert. We have talked about so many topics that this book opens the door to, which I think is awesome. The last time we read the book it took forever to get all the way through with us talking about all the additional topics it brings up.

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

How did they make the dessert each time? How was it different? Let’s make a wooden whisk! Wouldn’t that would be so cool! Look how that little girl is working so hard, imagine if mommy asked that of you, to go and fetch the water in a pail from the well? It looks like things were a little different for them back then. They also loved seeing the evolution of the Whisk because my kids love inventions.

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

We talked about the change in how they got the milk from one century to the next, where they got their water, and where they stored their cold food.

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

Making our own Blackberry Fool

 

Today is Sunday and just like in the book, and we had bought our blackberries and cream from the store yesterday, and this morning we made the Blackberry Fool!

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

Let me show you how it’s done, in our house in 2018.

 

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

We washed the blackberries, and placed them in our food processors, to smash them up.

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We use a whisk to make whipped cream. My son really wanted to use a whisk finally, after reading this story so many times.

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

We used a sieve to get all the blackberry juice out of the berries, and continued to whip the cream.

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

“Can I lick the Whisk, mom?” Yes, you can kiddo. Licking the whisk is definitely a 2018 addition for this tradition!

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

Those blackberries left the most beautiful seeds and juices, I was going to save them for something pretty special…but finally we had the whipping cream done, and it was ready to mix together!

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Adding the sugar, mixing it up, and adding it to the cream was really fun. I realized I should have moved the cream into the other bowl before I added the juices, but it worked out anyhow.

Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

We placed it in the old Pyrex Buttermilk Cinderella bowl that we had, that was similar to the one in the book, and the kids wanted to help each other get it in the fridge, just like they saw in the book. It really was a lovely sight to see.

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Reading A Fine Dessert + Making Blackberry Fool

We waited the three hours like the recipe said, for it to chill and be perfect for our dinner. It was hard to wait, but we were glad we did, the boys were so excited to taste this fine dessert!

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Tada! Wow, we were so happy to see it ready for us to dish up into white bowls, and have a tasty dessert for after Sunday supper. The boys tried it, and really liked it a lot! we got the thumbs up from both of them, and I was probably the one who liked it the most, as I think I was the one who liked the bowl clean…

 

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Two thumbs up for Blackberry Fool! What A Fine Dessert indeed.

We had such fun reading this book together and cooking up a storm, and tasting those blackberries…. yum, there is really nothing like it! We are all waiting patiently for the next time we get to make this, and I hope we can find blackberries at the store the next time we go!

 

Till next time,

Breathe deeply and enjoy building your masterpiece with scissors and glue,

~Alexandra

 

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