Gooseberry fool

Gooseberry fool

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus chilling


Serves 4
Whip up this yoghurt-based fruity syllabub dessert in only 20 minutes - great for a last minute dinner party

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal388
  • fat32.2g
  • saturates20.1g
  • carbs19.8g
  • sugars19.5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4.3g
  • salt0.1g


  • 250g gooseberry, topped and tailed



    The size of large grapes, but with a more spherical shape, gooseberries are related to the…

  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 200g Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200ml double cream


  1. Put the gooseberries and sugar in a pan with a splash of water. Heat gently, stirring, then bring to a simmer and cook until the fruit starts to burst. Squash the gooseberries with a potato masher or fork until pulpy. Cool then chill until cold in the fridge.

  2. Put the yoghurt in a bowl and beat with the icing sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gently whisk in the cream (it will thicken as you whisk so don’t overdo it). Ripple through the gooseberry pulp then spoon into pretty glasses or bowls to serve.

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7th Aug, 2019
Made this a couple of times now and it's just great. I'm no cook, this is nice and simple and looks fantastic. I topped with a few strawberry pieces to give a bit of colour. Everyone whose eaten it loved it too.
29th Jun, 2014
I had about 2kg of gooseberries from the allotment on Thursday so one of my friends suggested making gooseberry fool, used this recepe and it worked a charm. Have the measurements for 4 people was more than enough( a margherita cocktail glass each) Tips- I used half sugar half sweetener. Used the recommended cooking time, Unfortunately the berries went a bit mushy so would suggest halfing the time. Also decorated it with a strawberry cut in 4 to add a splash of colour. Otherwise very tasty. If you like gooseberries and want to check out whatelse I made with the remaining 1.8kg, have a browse on my blog at
22nd Jun, 2014
one tbsp. of water was about right for me
17th Nov, 2013
Have made this a number of times for dinner parties etc. Everyone loves it!!! I I dont quite put as much sugar in but this gooseberry fool is the best ever.
29th Jul, 2013
yummy with crushed meringues mixed in
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Lynne Foulis
7th Jul, 2018
was wondering myself if I should put Meringues in it thanks !
18th Jul, 2013
You definitely need a "splash" of water. I added too much and had to reduce it down. Still tasted good though!!
25th Feb, 2013
Made this yesterday to follow Sunday dinner. It worked perfectly well with frozen gooseberries and because I didn't quite have enough I bulked it out with an eating apple which worked well. Would definitely make again as a quick and easy pud.
24th Jul, 2012
Very easy - added trifle sponges soaked in the gooseberry syrup at the bottom of the dishes(I added too much water to the gooseberries!) and everyone loved it. Will try with a drizzle of elderflower cordial next time.
19th Jul, 2012
Very tasty - such a simple recipe yet it has been loved by everyone I have served it to
2nd Aug, 2014
does this freeze please? If not, how far ahead of dinner party can I make them?
21st Jul, 2013
How far in advance can this recipe be prepared? If I prepare it a few hours ahead will it keep ok in the fridge until I'm ready to serve it?
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