A fool is an English fruit dessert, typically berries in sweet custard [is there any other?]. Levi Roots in his new book Sweets offers a fall fool with a very different aspect. The berries are gone. The apples are in. Along with maple syrup.
Levi lives in Britain and grew up in Jamaica. He’s created an all-American dish. The fool is soft, velvety and surely decadent. It does not photograph well, which is why I’ve shown the starting point above: the apple halves ready to be baked with butter and sugar.
You can, of course, make alterations like mad here. Add spices to the apples [cinnamon, nutmeg, …]. You add more or less booze and switch from rum to brandy or calvados or … You have idea. Now all you need are apples!
Roast Apple, Rum and Maple Fool
Yield: serves 8
- 1 ¾ pounds cooking apples
- 2 ounces soft light brown sugar
- 1 ounce unsalted butter
- 9 fluid ounces whipping cream
- 7 ounces custard [crème anglaise]
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup, plus extra for drizzling
- 2 ½ tablespoons white or dark rum
- Dried apple slices to serve
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel, core and halve the apples, then arrange them in a roasting pan lined with foil. Sprinkle over the sugar and dot with the butter. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are completely soft.
Transfer the apples and any juice they released to a bowl and mash them using a fork.
Whip the cream to soft peaks.
Carefully fold the apple pulp, custard, maple syrup and rum into the whipped cream. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
To serve, spoon the fool into 8 serving bowl or glasses, drizzle with maple syrup and top with dried apple slices.
Source: Sweets by Levi Roots
Photo Information: Canon T2i, 18-55MM Macro Lens, F/2.8, 1/100 second, ISO 640
“Pumpkin pie,” my grandson Daniel replied. He was ordering Thanksgiving dessert.
“Find that recipe,” Suzen commanded.
We have this recipe, the recipe, for pumpkin pie that is sensational. Haven’t made it for a couple of years. I go to search to find it.
I search. And I search. It’s not on the computer. My forehead is damp. I go through twenty cookbooks. I can’t find it. My forehead is wet.
And, to make it worse, Suzen and I can’t remember why it was so good. I think it was light and fluffy. I seem to remember that it had booze, but maybe not.
Failure. Total failure.
“Let me try,” Suzen said. No beads of sweat on her forehead. In an hour more, she said, “Don’t worry.” She’d googled, compared, and found this very interesting pumpkin pie that is unlike anything we have ever sampled.
What make this recipe distinctive. It uses coconut milk. No, the resulting pie does not have a coconut tinge to it, but it does have an exceptional smooth consistency that makes you think you are eating silk.
This is now our “holiday-special-gotta-have” pumpkin pie. One bite and it will be yours, too.
Jamaican-Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Yield: 1 9” pie, enough for 8 people
- One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
- 1 ¼ cups unsweetened coconut milk [full fat only, stirred or shaken well before using]
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons spiced rum [Captain Morgan]
- 1 blind-baked pie shell
Position a rack in the center of the oven, set a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 425°F.
In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin, coconut milk, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg until smooth. Whisk in the eggs and then the rum, until the mixture is smooth. Pour the filling into the piecrust.
Put the pie on the heated baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until the center of the pie no longer wobbles when the pan is nudged [a slight jiggle is fine], an additional 45 to 55 minutes.
Transfer to a rack and cool completely before serving. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Source: Nicole Rees from Fine Cooking
Photo Information: Canon T2i, 18-53MM Macro Lens, F/2.8, 1/100th second, ISO 1000