Mango Marmalade Fool - Carolina Country

Mango Marmalade Fool With gingersnap crumble

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Mango Marmalade Fool

Traditionally, a “fool” is an English dessert of puréed fruit folded into custard. Take a shortcut and throw together our 10-minute contemporary version that uses whipped cream instead of the more labor-intensive custard. Nibble at this light dessert alongside our crispy fried shrimp toast and Asian salad. Also fun for little chefs to make! 


  • 1 box (10 ounces) gingersnap cookies
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 4 large ripe mangoes, peeled and sliced (1 cup puréed)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons orange marmalade
  • Juice of half an orange
  • Zest of half an orange


  1. Roughly crumble the cookies in zippered bag using rolling pin or can (about 2 cups crumbs) and set aside.

  2. Whip the cream to medium peak stage. 

  3. Dice ¼ cup of the sliced mango and set aside. Purée remaining mango in processor with marmalade and juice.

  4. Line up four dessert bowls (approximately 6 ounces each) and drizzle a tablespoon of purée mixture in bottom of each. Divide crumbs in dishes over drizzle, saving a bit for garnish.

  5. Set aside ½ cup of the whipped cream and fold remaining cream together with purée.

  6. Spoon purée-cream mixture over crumbs. Top each with 1 tablespoon of diced mango. Put a dollop of the saved whipped cream on top. Garnish with crumbs and orange zest. 

  7. Chill at least an hour until ready to serve.

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Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at

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