I think this is the first time I've put a recipe on my blog. As you know I'm not given to the domestic arts. My English family is prone to offering guests lunch or tea on the lawn. A practise I whole wheartedly endorse. In my cousin's beautiful garden I was treated to Gooseberry Fool. An indulgence I hadn't experienced in years. As Susan at e-i-e-i-omg has put a call out for gooseberry recipes I thought I would share with one and all.
2 cups whipping cream
5 cups (1.25 L) gooseberries 2 tbsp (25 mL) orange juice concentrate 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated_sugar (approx) Mint leaves (optional)
Combine berries with orange juice concentrate (water will work just as well); cover and cook over low heat stirring occasionally, for 25 to 30 minutes or until very tender. Using potato masher, mash berries; pass through food mill or puree in food processor and press through sieve to remove skins and seeds. Return to saucepan.
Stir in sugar; simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Refrigerate until chilled (important)
Whip cream into soft peaks-fold into chilled puree. Eat with a heaped teaspoon to prolong the pleasure.
Garnish with mint if you want to be fancy.
You can use 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) greek yogurt instead of cream and it is still good-just not quite as divine.