Wednesday, September 4, 2013

John Adams Gooseberry (or Blueberry) Fool

As a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, John Adams was one of the fiercest advocates of the Declaration of Independence. Contrary to popular belief, the Declaration wasn't signed by all of the delegates on July 4, 1776. Instead, it was initially approved on July 2, 1776.

The delegates then continued debating and slightly revised it the following day and formally adopted it on the fourth of July. Most historians agree that the Declaration wasn’t signed by all the delegates (with a few holdouts) until nearly a month later, on August 2, 1776.

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail in which he described these momentous events. This is what he wrote:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival...It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Although no one knows what John Adams ate on those momentous days, we do know that he was fond of Green Sea Turtle Soup, Indian Pudding, and a traditional eighteenth century British dish called Gooseberry Fool.

If you’d like to whip up some Gooseberry Fool, here’s a simple and simply delicious recipe to try. But since Gooseberries aren’t widely available in the United States today, you can use blueberries and call it Blueberry Fool.

These are the ingredients you will need:

3 cups blueberries

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup well-chilled heavy cream

In a large saucepan, cook berries and sugar over medium heat. Stir occasionally until thickened, about 4-5 minutes. Simmer berry and sugar mixture over low heat, about 2 minutes. Mash with a fork into a puree, about 3 minutes. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve chilled and enjoyed!

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