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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