Gooseberry Fool

The Brits seem to love a good gooseberry. Any glance through the cookbook of a British chef will often reveal at least one recipe for gooseberries. This traditional dessert shows up many places. The simplicity of its preparation and service highlights the unique sweet/sour combination present in this delightful fruit.
By / Photography By D. Lucas Landis | June 24, 2015


Cook the gooseberries with the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Allow to cool. Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.

To serve, in a glass bowl or cup alternate the gooseberries with the whipped cream. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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  • 3 cups red or green gooseberries, rinsed and stems removed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
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