Roast apricot and vanilla fool

A creamy fool is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts to make. Tangy roasted apricots add some extra zing.
Roast apricot and vanilla fool

Roast apricot and vanilla fool

William Meppem

A fool is one of the simplest yet most delicious desserts you can make. A ripple of tangy roasted apricot cuts through the richness of the cream, while a scattering of meringue or almond biscuits add crunch.




1.Preheat oven to 220C. Scatter sugar over the base of a roasting pan large enough to fit apricots snugly in a single layer. Press apricots cut-side down into sugar, stand for 5 minutes for sugar to form a crust, then turn apricots cut-side up. Combine dessert wine and juices in a jug, drizzle over and around apricots and roast, basting occasionally, until browned (20-25 minutes). Cool briefly, then set aside 8 apricot halves and roasting liquid. Purée remaining roast apricots in a food processor and refrigerate to chill.
2.Whisk crème fraîche, cream, vanilla seeds and 80ml apricot roasting liquid in an electric mixer to soft peaks (4-5 minutes), fold apricot purée through cream and divide among serving bowls. Top with reserved roast apricot halves, drizzle with roasting liquid and serve scattered with crumbled almond biscuits or meringue.

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