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  • Seasonal local food recipe No. 383 – Jane Grigson’s gooseberry fool

    Posted on July 2nd, 2018 charlotte No comments

    Some of us have got those reddish-pink gooseberries in Camel CSA’s weekly veg boxes. They’re ideal for making Jane Grigson‘s gooseberry fool from Good Thingsher classic about fresh local food. As far as I’m concerned, this has always been the only way to make fruit fool, with cream only. Sometimes the simple recipes are the best.

    It’s featured in the Observer Food Monthly‘s 20 Best Recipes. Later in the year other fruit may be substituted, uncooked raspberries and strawberries and peaches for instance, and in the autumn cooked purees or apple flavoured with apricot jam or quinces. Use just over half a pint of puree to half a pint of cream or custard.

    red-dessert-gooseberry-bush-camelcsa-290618Serves: 4-6

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: 10 minutes

    350g young gooseberries, topped and tailed
    55g butter
    sugar, to taste
    275ml double cream 275ml, whipped, or 150ml each double and single cream
    (or 275ml single cream and 3 egg yolks if making custard)

    Stew the gooseberries slowly in a covered pan, with the butter, until they are yellow and just cooked. Crush with a fork, sweeten to taste and mix carefully and lightly into the whipped cream.

    red-dessert-gooseberries-camel csa-290618To make custard, bring single cream (or rich milk) to the boil, and pour on to the egg yolks, whisking all the time. Set the bowl over a pan of hot water and stir steadily until the custard thickens to double cream consistency. Strain into a bowl, and leave to cool before folding in the gooseberries.

    Serve in custard glasses or plain white cups, with some homemade almond biscuits or macaroons.

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