These can be made and eaten straight away or popped in the fridge and enjoyed within a couple of days.
Makes: 2 adult or 4 kid-sized portions
Preparation Time: 10 minutes for soft fruits or 15 minutes, plus cooling for hard fruits
80ml/2.5fl oz 1/3 cup double or whipping cream
80ml/2.5fl oz 1/3 cup shop-bought or Foolproof Homemade Custard (see page 128) or Greek yogurt
125ml/4.5fl oz 1/2 cup fruit purÃ©e (see method) or shop-bought fruit compotes or pie fillings
For the Fruit PurÃ©e
250g/9oz 1 2/3 cups hard fruits, such a chopped rhubarb or peeled, cored and chopped apples or pears
250g/9oz/1 2/3 cups fresh or frozen soft fruits, such as berries, frozen smoothie mixes, pitted and peeled mango or pitted cherries, defrosted if frozen sugar, to taste
For the Surprise
A few chocolate buttons, candy sweets or pieces of fresh or dried fruit (optional)
1. To make a fruit purÃ©e, prepare your chosen fruit as necessary. If you are using hard fruits, they will need cooking. Put them in a pan over a medium heat with 2 tbsp water, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover with a lid and leave to simmer until the fruit has softened. Leave to cool. If using soft fruits, put the fruits into a blender and whizz until smooth. Taste and add sugar if needed.
2. To make the fools, whisk the cream until it foams soft peaks. Fold in the custard and the fruit purÃ©e, either until totally combined or creating a marbled effect.
3. Put a little surprise at the bottom of individual glasses or bowls, if you like, and spoon in the fool over the top. Either chill in the fridge or eat straight away.
Leftovers for Iced Treats – Lollipop Fools and Fool Ice Cream
Rather than eating straight away as a dessert, the fool mixture can be transformed into two very handy treats.
To make Lollipop Fools, spoon the fool into the lollipop moulds and pop in the freezer. The lollies will last for a couple of months and are great for emergencies or hot sunny days.
If you have an ice cream machine, the fool mix can be churned to create a lovely, creamy, fruity Fool Ice Cream. Store in an old ice cream container or a plastic box with a lid and it will be waiting for you in the freezer to tuck into and enjoy whenever the sun shines.