Gooseberry Fool

Cooking & Recipes

We’re proud to say we’re fools for goose-berries – those tart little pale-green and yellow orbs (or their sweeter red varieties). They make a terrific jam, but if you can’t wait, enjoy this simple dessert.


6 servings

Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

60 minutes


2 cups fresh gooseberries, papery outer skin removed
2 cups water
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream


In a small saucepan over high heat, add gooseberries to water and bring to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup sugar; mash gently to incorporate. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Let cool to room temperature.

In a separate bowl, whip cream to soft peaks. Fold in gooseberries. Spoon into sherbet or cocktail glasses and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 1 hour.

Adapted from The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)


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