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Rhubarb-Ginger Fool

Mark Thomas

Yield: Yields 7 cups

Servings: 6

This dessert is called a fool because, well, almost anyone can make it. Just combine the stewed fruit with freshly whipped cream.


  • 1-1/2 to 2 lb. rhubarb
  • 1 to 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs. chopped candied ginger
  • 2 Tbs. freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 440
      Fat Calories (kcal): 264
      Fat (g): 30
      Saturated Fat (g): 18
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
      Cholesterol (mg): 110
      Sodium (mg): 40
      Carbohydrates (g): 45
      Fiber (g): 2
      Protein (g): 3


  • Trim the ends of the rhubarb and, if the stalks are more than 1 inch thick, cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the stalks into 1-inch-long pieces.
  • In a stainless-steel pan with a tight-fitting lid, combine the rhubarb, sugar, candied ginger, and fresh ginger. (There’s no need to add water; though it will look dry at first, the rhubarb will release enough water to cook without scorching.) Cook over low heat until the rhubarb is tender and falling apart, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  • Whip the cream until it holds soft peaks. Gently fold in the chilled rhubarb mixture until well combined. Spoon into serving glasses or bowls and chill until ready to serve.


For a smoother texture, purée the stewed rhubarb in a food processor before chilling it.


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