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Rhubarb Fool

By Heeseung Kim | April 1, 2014

(Photo by Louise Vansleve
(Photo by Louise Vansleve

(Photo by Louise Vansleve)

What’s better to do on April Fools’ Day than to eat a fool? The fool is a traditional British dessert that’s an oldie (dating to the 15th or 16th century) but very goodie, combining fruit and whipped cream. The earliest known versions were made with gooseberries (Fun fact! Cultivation of gooseberries were banned in the U.S. in the 1930s.), but this version features another spring produce star: rhubarb. The rhubarb is punched up with ginger and lemongrass, and and is folded into a simple whipped cream. It’s a perfect match — the tartness of the rhubarb cuts through the velvety richness of the whipped cream, which means you’ll want to eat as many fools as you can lay your hands on.

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