Apricot fool

PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
17 min
5 min
12 min
An old-fashioned English dessert, a fool is cooked fruit purée that's combined with whipped cream. 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 purée can be made up to several days ahead for ease of preparation. And, if you like, top the finished desserts with crushed gingersnap cookies. To quickly cool down the cooked fruit purée, try this chef’s trick—place the bowl of fruit purée into a larger bowl filled halfway with water and plenty of ice; let stand until cool, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.



1½ cup(s)

Dried apricot halves

½ cup(s)


1 Tbsp

Almond extract


Lite whipped topping

¼ cup(s), nondairy


  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.