Coconut cherry berry fool

Use up an abundance of cherries in this easy layered dessert, with crumbled macaroons and a coconut yogurt cream topping

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:20 mins
    plus cooling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 926
  • fat 59g
  • saturates 40g
  • carbs 89g
  • sugars 86g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.2g


  • 500g cherries, pitted
  • 100ml pomegranate or cherry juice (not ‘juice drink’)
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
  • 4 x 125g pots coconut yogurt (we used Perle de Lait), cold
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
  • 4 coconut macaroons, plus extra to serve (optional)


Make a frozen fool

You can easily turn this recipe into a frozen fool – layer the sauce, creamy mixture and fruit in an ice cream tub, scatter the macaroons over the top and freeze until solid. 


  1. Put the cherries in a saucepan with the pomegranate or cherry juice and bring to a simmer. Cook gently for 10 mins until the fruit is tender. Add the sugar, lemon juice and brandy (if using), then simmer again for 10 mins until the liquid becomes a little thicker and syrupy. Leave to cool – if you want to do this quickly, pour the mixture into a metal roasting tin.

  2. Put the yogurt, cream and icing sugar in a large bowl and whip until thick but not stiff.

  3. Put half the cherries and their syrup in a blender or processor and pulse until very smooth. Ripple this through the cream and yogurt. Crumble the macaroons and add one-third to 4 glasses or bowls. Spoon some of the fool on top, and add some of the remaining cherries. Repeat the layers, and finish with more crumbled macaroons. Serve with extra macaroons on the side, if you like.

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