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Apricot Fool

Total Time
17 min
Prep
5 min
Cook
12 min
Serves
2
Difficulty
Easy
An old-fashioned English dessert, a fool is cooked fruit puree that is combined with whipped cream.
Ingredients

water

1½ cup(s)

dried apricot halves

½ cup(s)

sugar

1 Tbsp

almond extract

tsp

lite whipped topping

¼ cup(s), nondairy

Instructions

  1. Bring the water, apricots, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the apricots soften, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.
  2. Puree the apricot mixture in a food processor or blender. Transfer the puree to a medium bowl. Gently fold in the whipped topping with a rubber spatula until blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. To serve, spoon into goblets or dessert dishes. Yields 1/2 cup per serving.
Notes
The cream and fruit are usually gently folded together in a clear glass bowl to create an appealing swirled effect. Originally, fools were always made with gooseberries, but nowadays almost any berry will do. The fruit puree can be made up to several days ahead for ease of preparation. And, if you like, top the finished desserts with crushed gingersnap cookies (this will increase the SmartPoints value).To quickly cool down the cooked fruit puree, try this chef’s trick—place a bowl of the fruit puree into a larger bowl filled halfway with water and plenty of ice; let stand until cool, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

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