A Fruity Fool/ Dessert
This Apricot Fool is a very quick & easy dessert to make, using just 3 ingredients.
A fruit ‘Fool’ was first mentioned in an English cookbook, it is thought, at around the 16th Century.
More details, and recipes quoted here. What – a lovely blog, written by an interesting & intelligent lady with an unusually wonderful unique name!
I am using seasonal fruit here – this time apricots, but you can use whatever soft fruit or berries you have on hand, or fancy that day!
The ‘original’ English Fools were made with cooked gooseberries, but nowadays luckily, anything goes.
Fruit ‘Fool’ began with custard, ended up with whipped cream, and am now lightening it up here using fat free yogurt.
Frozen berries would be particularly good too, leaving behind their juices as they defrost …. mmm! Just like an Eton ‘Mess’, which is traditionally made with crushed meringue nests (only 1 syn or 15 cals each) & strawberries.
Both of these traditional English desserts can be made using fat free yoghurt. Making them more healthy & simple to prepare, great for kids too!
My lovely Auntie, has a few fruit trees in her garden, and we are so lucky that she tends them well, as they produce an amazing amount of fruit every year.
She has two plum trees, I am not sure of the varieties, but both are purple. The one tree is laden with the smallest, sweetest, juiciest plums I have ever eaten. The other plums are larger, meatier and more tart, but also delicious. These my Aunt normally makes into thick homemade jam, but luckily some went into our ‘bag’ this year! (Look out for my post on what we did with these Plums this year).
Her other fabulous fruit tree, is an apricot. I didn’t manage to get there to photograph the trees before she harvested the fruit, but I will next year! (Crossed fingers!)
Now, I don’t really like fruit or veggies that are ‘hairy’ (for want of a better word lol), like okra, peaches or apricots.
I peel the peaches or just go for nectarines instead, and apricots well, meh! Give me a banana any day.
But, when you find yourself with fresh off the tree, or fresh from the garden produce, it is so tempting to reach out and try it. Food just smells different and tastes so amazing when compared to what is available in the supermarket. So when Auntie’s apricots first came into my kitchen a few years ago, I was hooked.
I do give them a good rub under running water to de-fuzz them a bit mind, but the taste, the colour and the scent is wonderful.
They are fantastic cooked into a variety of easy, light desserts though we do tend to eat most of them raw, straight out of the fruit bowl, or made into this low fat easy Apricot Fool topped with crunchy Amaretti biscuits. I actually love these chilled for breakfast.
The Easiest Dessert
Fresh fruit and fat free yoghurt (see ingredients list for more ideas), topped with sweet & crunchy Amaretti biscuits (1 syn each, or under 20 cals each approx), make this not only simple, cheap and easy to make, but guiltless as well! So many fruit combinations to experiment with. Not a recipe, just an idea 🙂
Skinny Amaretti & Apricot Fool – perfect indulgent dessert
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English Fruit 'Fool' began with custard, ended up with whipped cream, and am now lightening it up here using fat free yoghurt. A very quick & easy dessert to make, using just 3 ingredients.
- 6-8 apricots (use more or less as you like, as they are very filling)
- 1/2 or 1 tub of 0% fat Fruit Yoghurt (I use either Peach or Vanilla)
- 1 Amaretti biscuit
- Sundae dish or tumbler/bowl
- You can also use Low Fat Quark or Fat Free Fromage Frais instead of yoghurt, just add some 'sugar' to sweeten it all up 🙂
- Chop up or slice your apricots into pieces.
- Starting with the fruit, layer with the yoghurt and finish off with the crumbled Amaretti biscuit.
- If you like your biscuit soft, you can layer some biscuit crumbs between layers of apricots and yoghurt. Personally I like crunchy crumbs, so leave them for the top only.
- You can also crush up just half of the Amaretti biscuit, and leave half of it whole and use it to garnish the finished Apricot Fool.
- No need to chill, this can be eaten straight away.
- Easy 5 minute dessert!
If you want to make these ahead, assemble the fruit & yoghurt layers and refrigerate. Crumble on the biscuit topping just when it's time to eat, otherwise it will go soft.
Serve and enjoy!
Crazy English Puddings
Have you noticed that the nicest English desserts have the craziest names?
The ‘Fool’, ‘Mess’ and even a ‘Betty’ and you must already be aware of the Spotted Dick, the Bakewell, Custard & Gypsy ‘Tarts’, and the delicious Knickerbocker Glory (recipe coming soon), just to name a few.
Look out for my post on the lesser known ‘Flummery’ pudding, which you ALL know by another name. Just goes to show that nothing is original, and someone has already thought of it before – lol
Apricot Fool is the easiest dessert or fruity breakfast idea. A fabulous way to use up surplus fruit or a delicious way to help you and the family to eat more fruit.
A lovely change from the basic fruit salad, and can be glammed up for a super simple way to round off a Summer dinner party.
This is also Plum season, so stay tuned for a fab way to use up your extra plums this year. Please let me know if you do make it either on my Facebook Page or in the comments below.
All my meal ideas include at least one third of salad/vegetables and/or fruit with it, (this is the way we at Slimming World eat less without going hungry).
N.B. Any item in bold is a Healthy Extra* on the Slimming World plan, so these must be weighed or measured and not exceeded, if you want to maximise your weight loss. Eating at least one third of vegetables (superfree food) at each and every meal is also key to this plan.
Please note that I am in no way affiliated to Slimming World, nor am I a Slimming World consultant, and still believe that the best way to follow this plan is to join either online or better still with a group near you.
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