Fruity Fools with Hidden Surprises


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes


    adult portions

Appears in

Madhouse Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for the Busy Family Kitchen

Madhouse Cookbook

By Jo Pratt

Published 2013

  • About

These can be made and eaten straightaway or popped in the refrigerator and enjoyed within a couple of days. My mom used to make a similar dessert to this and hide a surprise in the bottom—chocolate buttons, pieces of fruit or little pieces of candy. I now realize she successfully used this as a way of encouraging me to eat up. Clever Mom!


    For the Fruit Puree

  • 1⅔ cups hard fruit, such as chopped rhubarb or peeled, cored and chopped apples or pears
  • or 1⅔ cups soft fruit, such as berries, frozen smoothie mixes, seeded and peeled mango or pitted cherries, thawed if frozen
  • sugar, to taste

    For the Surprise

  • a few chocolate buttons, candies or pieces of fresh or dried fruit (optional)


  1. To make a fruit puree, prepare your chosen fruit as necessary. If you are using hard fruit, they will need cooking. Put them in a pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover with a lid and leave to simmer until the fruit is soft. Add sugar to taste and briskly stir or whiz in a blender until smooth. Leave to cool. If using soft fruit, put the fruit into a blender and whiz until smooth. Taste and add sugar, if needed.
  2. To make the fools, beat the cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the custard sauce and the fruit puree, 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 the fool over the tops. Either chill or eat straightaway.

Leftovers for Iced Treats

Lollipop Fools and Fool Ice Cream

Rather than eating straightaway as a dessert, the fool mixture can be transformed into two very handy frozen treats.

To make Lollipop Fools, spoon the fool mixture into lollipop molds and pop them in the freezer. The lollipops will last for a couple of months and are great for emergencies or cold treats on hot sunny days.

If you have an ice-cream machine, the fool mixture can be churned to make luscious, 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.