Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with Irish Moss Custard

4 Ratings
  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 135 min
  • serves 6
Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with Irish Moss Custard

Creamy Irish moss custard with soft pound cake topped with sweet and sour compote and garnished with a cookie, de-lish!

Dessert, Easter, Fruit, North American


Irish Moss Custard

1 ¼ cups milk

½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise

3 large egg yolks

¼ cup granulated white sugar

¾ tablespoon liqueur Grand Marnier

¼ cup Irish moss

1 teaspoon orange zest

Strawberry Rhubard Compote

2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces

¼ cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest

2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced

Vanilla Pound Cake

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

Shortbread Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon salt

8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



Irish Moss Custard

1. In a medium-sized stainless steel bowl, mix the sugar and yolks together with a wooden spoon. In a saucepan combine the milk and split vanilla bean on medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Remove vanilla bean, scrape out seeds, and add the seeds to the egg mixture.

2. Place the egg mixture back into a medium saucepan and add the Irish moss. Cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30 - 60 seconds as it thickens.

3. Remove from heat and strain. Whisk in the liqueur and the orange zest.

Strawberry Rhubard Compote

1. In a large saucepan, bring the rhubarb, sugar, orange juice and zest to a simmer. Cook, stirring until slightly tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the strawberries and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Let cool.

Vanilla Pound Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Butter and flour an 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf pan; set aside.

2. With an electric mixer, on high, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined. Pour mixture into buttered pan.

3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely

Shortbread Cookies

1. In a bowl, whisk flour and salt together. With mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and continue to beat until pale and fluffy, occasionally scraping down the sides of bowl, about 2 minutes more. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed, scraping sides if necessary, until flour is incorporated and dough sticks together. Turn out dough, forming into 2 disks; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 325*F. Roll out 1 disk to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out into 1 ½”inch by 3-inch cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining disk. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes. Bake until firm and golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.


1. Place a slice of the pound cake in a small bowl. Spoon some of the strawberry-rhubarb sauce on top of the pound cake. Then top with the Irish moss custard. Garnish with a shortbread cookie and some sweet vanilla whipped cream.

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