Both strawberry or raspberry fool and gooseberry fool can be made in the same way. Another nice fool is one with rhubarb. For a gooseberry or rhubarb fool, stew the fruit with some honey or sugar. For a raspberry or strawberry fool, I prefer not to stew the fruit, as it is so good as it is.
To make Strawberry or Raspberry Fool
Take a pint of raspberries, squeeze and drain the juice with orange flower water; put to the juice five ounces of fine sugar; then set a pint of cream over the fire, and let it boil up; then put in the juice; give it one stir round, and then put it into your basin, stir a little in the basin, and when it is cold use it.
Eliza Smith, The Compleat Housewife, 1727
Crush two-thirds of the raspberries with a fork, leaving some large chunks for texture. Mix with the orange flower water. Add the sugar to the cream, taste and add more if you have a sweet tooth.
Stir half of the cream into the crushed fruit so you get a nice pink colour.
Now layer the remaining cream with the pink fruit cream into the jars or glasses.
Decorate with the remaining fruit.
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