A fool, however, is no joking matter. It's a very English dessert of fresh cream whipped with a fruit puree - simple and good. Often a nip of liquor is added in as well. The recipe connected with the photo above is actually a vegan version over at Vegalicious. They layer it up with crunchy vegan ginger wafers for an extra snap, too.
Gooseberries are not really in season until the summer, unfortunately, and they're rather hard to find in the States. Apart from the husk cherry or Cape gooseberry they are usually found only in imported jams.
A more readily available and seasonal option for a traditional fool is rhubarb. Here are a few good links to recipes for rhubarb fool - we especially like the one that calls for Greek yogurt!
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