Gooseberry Fool / Fruit Fool

The gooseberry fool is a truly classic English desert. Not only is this fruit fool fast simple to make, it is beautiful too, and you guests will be impressed! This is a simple English desert dating back many centuries, the name coming from the french word ‘fouler’ which means to mash, or puree..

The English Fruit Fool can be easily modified by replacing the gooseberry with any other fruit. A general rule of thumb is that the tarter the fruit the better, and always remember to add the sugar to taste.

Gooseberry Fool Recipe – Ingredients

  • 300g Gooseberries
  • 300ml Double Cream
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Water

Gooseberry Fool Recipe / Fruit Food Recipe – Method

1. Prepare the gooseberries by removing the ‘stalk’ on the top.2. Add water and gooseberries and cook very gently until just soft and pureed, and add sugar to taste, then leave to cool.

3. Whip the cream until it is forming peaks.

And Finally…

Using 4 wine glasses (champagne glasses preferably, but any will do), begin layering the fruit and cream. A good dollop of cream with a tablespoon, levelled, followed by a dollop or 2 of puree, should work. Repeat this until clearly defined green and white layers can be seen in the glasses.Allow to chill in the fridge for about 1 hour, garnish with a couple of mint leaves, serve, and enjoy!