Rhubarb Fool

Preparation info
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Appears in
The Cook's Book of Everything

By Lulu Grimes

Published 2009

  • About

A classic British dessert, fools are made with puréed fruit folded into whipped cream or custard. Fool is traditionally made with gooseberry, but any fruit such as rhubarb, lime or raspberries can be used. Like other desserts such as flummery, trifle and nonsense, fool may have got its name for being a light, frivolous dessert.


  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) rhubarb, trimmed and chopped
  • 2


  1. Put the rhubarb in a saucepan with the orange juice and sugar. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes, or until the rhubarb is tender. Leave to cool a little.
  2. Transfer the rhubarb to a food processor and process to form a purée. Transfer to a bowl.