Made in Mins Gooseberry Fool

Prep Time:10 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 10 mins plus chilling time

July 5, 2014

Eat Your Veg | Gooseberry FoolThere’s been a bit of an overdose of salad on the blog front lately hasn’t there?. And a noted absence of puds or cakes. Sorry folks, but I am planning on rectifying the status quo over the next few weeks. Being more of a savoury gal myself the sweet stuff just doesn’t come so naturally. And my kids don’t help the situation. Whilst they both love chocolate neither of them have a particularly sweet tooth for most puds or desserts preferring fruit or yogurt or occasionally ice cream if they’re lucky. They’ve even taken to asking for cheese on toast!. Turning their noses up at virtually every homemade pud I’ve put their way, though weirdly will usually enjoy one if we’re out and about at a cafe or restaurant. Maybe it’s just my pudding making skills.

2014-06-20 10.53.57Taking inspiration from my neighbour Sue’s very kind offering of her gooseberries I couldn’t resist a super easy Gooseberry Fool. Thinking I’d try my (outside) chance with the kids, who’ve previously been consistent in their Fool Rejection, it didn’t come as much surprise they only managed a mere spoonful before asking for a yogurt instead. Despite my protestations of it containing yogurt. And the employment of my brand new super-cute mini sundae glasses. They just gave me The Look. To be honest I wasn’t going to coax them into enjoyment as it’s a mighty fine fool, even if I do say so myself. And kept perfectly well for a few days in the fridge so I could enjoy it all to myself. Though I’m sure most normal puddingfaring kids would happily wolf this down, it’s really very, very yummy. Possibly a little on the tart side for some folks as I used less sugar than average recipes so feel free to indulge in a little more. Made with half Greek yogurt this is a little better for you than the full cream versions, but tastes just as indulgently creamy.

I’m entering my fool to a couple of bloggie challenges:

1) To Four Seasons Food which co-host with Anneli over at Delicieux. This month it’s my turn and we’re going all Al Fresco. A nice little pud to eat post-barbie or easily transportable on a picnic.

2) Being that gooseberries are in season right not to Ren Behan‘s Simple and in Season event which this month’s being hosted by My Custard Pie.

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Eat Your Veg | Easy Gooseberry Fool

The Good Stuff:

Gooseberries, Greek Yogurt

Great For:

Babies 9 – 12 Months, Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Quick Puds, Dessert, Dinner Parties, Family Meals


Serves a family of 4, but double up on quantities and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Special Equipment:

A hand whisk if you have one, a stick blender for smoother puréed gooseberries but not necessary

Made in Mins Gooseberry Fool

Ingredients Prep Time:10 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 10 mins plus chilling time

For a Family of 4:
250g gooseberries, topped and tailed
1 heaped tablespoon + 1 dessertspoon soft brown sugar
150ml Greek yogurt
150ml double cream

1) Place the gooseberries, 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar and 1 dessertspoon of water in a pan. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover and simmer on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes until the gooseberries are bursting and collapsing.
2) Mash the gooseberries with a potato masher or a fork OR quickly whiz with a stick blender for a smoother purée (this works better for kids who are fussy about fruity bits in their fool or yogurt!)
3) Leave the gooseberry purée to cool then chill for a few minutes in the fridge.
4) Place the Greek yogurt in a large bowl with 1 dessertspoon of soft brown sugar. Whisk with an electric whisk or by hand until combined. Pour in the cream and continue to beat together until thickened and forming peaks.
5) Stir the gooseberry purée through the yogurt and cream, gently rippling it through if you can. Spoon into serving bowls or glasses.

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16 thoughts on “Made in Mins Gooseberry Fool

  1. Corina

    It sounds lovely. I went fruit picking this week and picked some gooseberries but then couldn’t get my little girl to even taste them. I ended up just stewing them and eating them plain.

    1. Louisa

      I actually like them plainly stewed too, lovely for breakie with a handsome dollop of Greek yogurt. Or just raw and uncooked as they come!

  2. Karen

    I DO love a good fool and especially when it is a gooseberry fool! I made a gooseberry trifle food last year and it went down a storm! Karen

    1. Louisa

      Now a trifle sounds like a very good idea! Next time my neighbour gives me some (and as she doesn’t even like gooseberries this will happen!) I might just trifle them instead. Lovely idea.

  3. Mandy

    WOW! I’m going to make this for myself as I’m pretty sure my kids won’t eat gooseberries. But it’s worth trying so I can eat the leftovers if they don’t like it! Gooseberries are one of my favourites.

  4. Deena Kakaya

    You know I had completely forgotten about gooseberry fools and our local pick-your-own has such an abundance of gooseberries this year I have made chutney and cake but not fool. I had better remedy that with your inviting recipe, thanks! x

  5. Sally - My Custard Pie

    Thank you so much for entering Simple and in Season. I had some gooseberry fool including red gooseberries at a barbecue recently and it was divine. So glad to have this recipe in the round up (now live).



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