Summer Angel Raspberry Fool

Aaaah, summer is drawing to a soft and gentle close.  The skies look grey and misty and cool, but when I step outside, I am wrapped in a warm embrace – the gentle mists and enveloping fog softly surround me like a feather stole.  And yes, I feel in this first summer of newlywed bliss, like a summer angel.

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We had this lovely raspberry fool for dessert one lunchtime with some new friends and our next door neighbour.  Summer day in England, right??  Well we went out for a walk on Dartmoor after lunch and got absolutely SOAKED in a summer rainstorm.  It was great fun and we walked for a couple of hours, talking about favourite films and books, forging new connections and friendships.  A wonderful day!
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Summer Angel Raspberry Fool

  • 1/2 lb (225 g) fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbls) 50 g caster sugar (superfine granulated)
  • 2/3 cup (150 ml) 1/4 pt fresh double cream (heavy cream)
  • 3/4 cup (150 ml) 5 fl oz plain yoghurt
  • a few fresh mint leaves

Method

Crush the raspberries with a stainless steel or silver fork in a china or glass bowl.  Mix them with the sugar and put them on one side for 10 minutes. The sugar on the raspberries will draw out juice and bright colour.

Beat the double cream until it is thick, then, tablespoon by tablespoon, beat the yoghurt into it. The yoghurt will not thin it down; if you beat it each time you put in a dollop of yoghurt, it will bulk back up again. It allows you to have twice the amount of cream, as it were, with only half the amount of fat.

Swirl the raspberry and sugar mixture into the cream and yoghurt – do not mix it so thoroughly that it looks like pink yoghurt, swirl it in so that it is marbled.

It looks beautiful and tastes heavenly. Pour it into glasses so you can see the marbled effect, decorate each one with a sprig of mint and put to set in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

bliss

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