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Blueberry fool with blueberry compote

Blueberry fool

Blueberry fool

Until I made to move to Brisbane two years ago, my home had always been in Melbourne. My roots are English and on the face of it, my ancestors chose the Australian city that climatically and culturally would feel the most familiar to them. In reality it was more likely pure happenstance that led them there but it was that city’s multicultural diversity, seasonal variation and pride in achievement that formed my love of good food. There is a reason that my former home town has been named the world’s most liveable city for the seventh consecutive year.

Brisbane’s seasonal produce confounds what was once familiar to me. I miss the distinct change of season’s but Brisbane’s winter is like Melbourne springtime at it’s absolute best. The glorious sunny winter days with low humidity and daytime temperatures in the 20Cs are perfect for an outdoor life and growing berries; strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

The tenuous link between the English summer and Brisbane in winter is a simple dessert recently posted by Steve “The Circus Gardener,”an English blogger I follow who is deeply concerned by food politics and eating well.

I’ve made Steve’s blueberry fool without deviation from the recipe although the lemon zest is my contribution. Three simple ingredients and just a few minutes of work delivers a dessert way beyond expectations. I modified the presentation a little second time round, to amp up the visual wow factor and impress some friends

I have tried several brands of coconut yoghurt. Some, although unsweetened, lack the distinct acidity of yoghurt.  From what I have observed that type is produced from high fat coconut cream. I prefer the variety that is made from coconut milk thickened with a little tapioca starch before being inoculated with acidophilus. It tastes like yoghurt.

This is such a simple idea. Any fruit that can be cooked into a thick compote could be used to make a similar fool. I’ve been thinking about trying finely chopped dried peaches.

Blueberry Fool with Blueberry Compote – serves 4

250g blueberries

1 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons maple syrup

350g vanilla coconut yoghurt

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

extra blueberries for decoration

 

Rinse the blueberries under running water, then shake off any excess.

Put the blueberries in a small pan, add the water and maple syrup.

Gently heat the blueberries until the juices begin the flow.

Increase the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes or until thick and glossy.

Tip the compote onto a plate and chill.

Measure the yoghurt into medium bowl and grate the lemon zest over.

Set aside 4 tablespoons of blueberry compote.

Add the remaining compote to the yoghurt and gently fold it through.

Drop a teaspoon of compote into 4 attractive serving glasses, then add 2 tablespoons of fool.

Spoon 2 teaspoon of compote into each glass so it runs over the fool then divide the remaining fool between the glasses.

Top with the remaining compote, then arrange a few fresh blueberries on top.

Chill until you’re ready to serve.

Can be made the day before.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

15 comments on “Blueberry fool with blueberry compote

  1. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    September 4, 2017

    I do like the idea of coconut yoghurt. I assume lactose free? I also expect that it would light and creamy without the heaviness of milk products. Blueberries are favourites and I gorge on them and other berries when back in the UK. Lucky you to have them to hand!

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 5, 2017

      Yes coconut yoghurt is lactose free and very delicious. It is light and creamy but has quite a distinct coconutty flavour. Blueberries are available year round here, when it’s too hot for the growers in Qld they bring them from the south

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  3. Eha
    August 25, 2017

    Usually make my own non-coconutty yogurt but this I’ll have to try – so, so simple and full of irresistible goodies! Oh, now seem to be subscribed to the ‘Circus Gardner’ as well – thanks!

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 25, 2017

      Enjoy The CG blog, he’s good value. It’s hard to resist a good dessert when it’s simple nutritious ingredients

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  4. 10centsofdates
    August 25, 2017

    And I’ve been sitting here with blueberries in the fridge that I’ve just been letting the kids eat for snacks. I need to up my game a bit.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 25, 2017

      Blueberries are great snacks for kids but I think they’d love this healthy dessert too

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  5. Linda Duffin
    August 25, 2017

    Looks fabulous!

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  6. Lisa @ cheergerm
    August 24, 2017

    I love CG’s blog too and this looks scrumptious. I have avoided coconut yoghurt due to the fat content but I will go and find one that’s made from coconut milk and give it a whirl. The photo is luminous and really beautiful Mrs R.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 25, 2017

      Aw thanks Cheery. I hope you can find a coconut yoghurt to suit you, it took me a while. CoYo is my go to label, a bit exy but worth it

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  7. katechiconi
    August 24, 2017

    That does look very luscious. I agree with you about the best variety of coconut yoghurt, I find the other kind leaves a fatty residue in my mouth. I have some frozen raspberries in the freezer, I’ll be trying this with those. Num num!

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 24, 2017

      Raspberries would be perfect, enjoy….

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      • katechiconi
        August 24, 2017

        I tried it! Awesome, but one small change: I had no lemons, so I added a couple of drops of pomegranate molasses for a bit of tangy tartness. It was delish!

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      • ladyredspecs
        August 24, 2017

        Great! Glad you liked it, and pom molasses with raspberries sounds great

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