Autumn Fool

By D'Arcy F – Toronto, ON
Autumn Fool
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 40
  • Servings: 8

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About this Recipe

An old English dessert with an Autumn spin.
This takes less time to make than it appears!


0.67 cup all-purpose flour
0.33 cup whole wheat flour
0.5 tsp kosher salt
0.5 tsp cinnamon
1 stick of butter, cubed
0.33 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
1.5 cups heavy cream
0.5 cup brown sugar
1.5 cups mascarpone



1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, wheat flour, salt, cinnamon, butter and brown sugar, pulsing until they come together to form a somewhat firm dough.
2. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to a thinness of approximately one-eighth inch. Place the dough, still covered, on a cookie sheet and chill for 20 minutes.
3. Carefully peel the top sheet of parchment paper and bake the dough until it is a deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool the graham cracker completely, then crumble the cracker and pulse in a food processor until it is broken into coarse crumbs. This makes about 2½ cups crumbs.

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin purée with the ground cinnamon.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream, brown sugar and mascarpone on medium to high speed until the mixture forms soft peaks, about 5 minutes.
3. Carefully fold the pumpkin purée into the whipped cream mixture using a rubber spatula. Fill a large pastry bag set with a plain decorative tip with the pumpkin filling.
4. To build the fools, place 8 half-pint glasses or Mason jars on a tray. Put a tablespoon of the graham cracker crumbs into each glass, pipe about 2 tablespoons of the pumpkin mixture directly on top. Continue alternating until you fill the glasses to the top, finishing with graham crackers. Alternatively, to serve a family-style fool, build the layers in a trifle dish (4-quart capacity). Refrigerate for at least one hour, and up to 24 hours, before serving.

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