Rhubarb fool – and a foolish error on my part too.
Well, before we start I’m going to apologise for the way this dish looks. I had what I though at the time was a good idea when making the rhubarb compote for this fool. As the teen pointed out it resulted in a very dark and somewhat poo like look to the cooked fruit. Putting this disaster to one side it does still taste delicious, and is worth making. I will tell you my error so you don’t have the same scatological issue!
Making a fool is an ideal way to make a little fruit and a small amount of cream go a long way. The addition of creme fraiche, or one of the other substitutes, just adds a tang to this dessert that stops it feeling too cloying in the mouth. Ginger does a similar job.
Other tart fruits that work well in a fool are gooseberries, blackcurrants and foraged brambles.
Ingredients made enough for 3 greedy people but would probably serve 4!
5 sticks of rhubarb, washed and chopped into inch pieces.
enough orange juice to come half way up the rhubarb in the pan.
1 tbsp caster sugar – I used dark muscovado, tasted lovely but……
220 to 250ml tub of double cream
1 large tbsp crème fraiche, reek yoghurt or even soured cream
- Wash and trim the rhubarb, cut into inch long chunks.
- Place the rhubarb in a small pan, add the orange juice and sugar. Bring slowly up to a gentle simmer.
- Cook down until the rhubarb yields to the tip of knife. I stop now and leave the rhubarb to cool as I prefer my compote chunks. If you prefer yours to be falling apart then cook a little longer.
- Allow to cool.
- In a bowl whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the crème fraiche.
- Reserve a chunk of rhubarb for each bowl. Gently fold in the remaining rhubarb.
- Pile into individual bowls and chill until needed. Place the reserved chunks of rhubarb on the fools, just so the diner knows what is in it – especially if it a weird brown colour like this one!
- A few chunks of chopped crystallised ginger works really well, as does crystallised orange peel cut very finely.
Do you make fools? Which fruit do you use?