The familiarity of cherry cheesecake is reimagined in this surprisingly simple dessert. In each parfait, a quick, creamy ricotta filling is layered over sweetened poached cherries and topped with crumbled almond cookies from the market.
A fool is an old-fashioned British dessert. In the 17th century, a fool consisted of stewed fruit blended or mixed with custard. Nowadays, the simmered fruits are layered with, or folded into, whipped cream. Make sure you use perfectly ripe fruit for the fullest possible flavor.