Peaches are in season and every year I make this very simple and delish dessert using them called Peach Fool.
A fool or fruit fool is a typical English dessert that involves mixing cooked fruit puree along with prepared custard. I add whipped cream to my fool recipe to make the dessert even more light. The custard is usually egg based but for those who don’t eat eggs the ready custard mix can be used.
After Nabeel’s birth, this is the first year I could source such luscious peaches and thought it was the apt time to introduce him to a new fruit. I first served him peach wedges which he found yummy but was uncomfortable chewing their skin. I then tried serving him the peach fool which impressed him instantly. Nabeel wiped off the bowl of Peach fool with much gusto and demanded more. I think I will make more fruit fools for him as long as he is eating the fruit
This is a wonderful no-frills dessert for all mothers who want to introduce their kids to new fruits. Give it a try!
Peach Fool Recipe
3 medium peaches
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1 egg yolk
1/4th cup cream
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup whipped cream
Step 1 – Start by making the peach puree. Cut and de-seed the peaches and cook them in a pan along with sugar and water. Cook till the peaches are mashy.
Step 2 – Strain the peach puree and keep aside. Ensure it is thick and not very runny. In case the puree is liquidly, boil for a few minutes to reduce the water content. Also check for sweetness of the puree, add sugar if required.
Step 3 – Put the yolk in a heat resistant bowl and whisk the sugar and cream in it. Cook his mixture over a double boiler* till thick custard consistency is achieved. This is a delicate step, keep checking the base of the bowl for temperature it should not get very hot as the egg might curdle resulting in spoilt custard. The trick is to keep removing the bowl from heat to maintain a low temperature.
Step 4 – Once the custard is ready, cool it in the refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes. At the same time refrigerate the peach puree too.
Step 5 – Next, take a clean dry bowl and fold the peach puree into the custard. Once mixed, fold in the whipped cream.
Step 6 – Pour the peach fool in serving bowls and top with some reserved peach puree, peach slices and a mint leaf. Chill the dessert for 30minutes before serving.
*Double Boiler – An indirect method of cooking where food is cooked in a container that is placed over a pot of boiling water. This method of cooking is usually used when delicate foods, which cannot take direct heat, are to be cooked.
Till then, Love Being a mommy!