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Gooseberry And Elderflower Fool With Praline

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Gooseberry And Elderflower Fool With Praline

Gooseberries are in season for a very short time. But their flavour is delicious, especially with their classic partner - elderflower.


  • 500 grams fresh gooseberries, or use frozen and defrosted gooseberries
  • ¼ cup elderflower cordial
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¾ cups whole milk
  • 300 ml cream, chilled


  • ¼ cup blanched almonds
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Place the gooseberries, elderflower cordial and ¼ cup of the sugar into a saucepan and poach very gently for 10 minutes until soft. Rub the cooked gooseberries through a sieve and leave the puree to cool.
  2. In a bowl, beat the remaining sugar with the eggs. Heat the milk until just below boiling point and pour slowly onto the eggs, stirring all the time. Stand the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water and stir constantly over a low heat until thickened. Remove the bowl and leave the custard to cool.
  3. Whip the cream until it just holds a peak. Fold the cold custard into the cold gooseberry puree and add the cream only until mixed. Divide between individual glasses and refrigerate for up to a couple of hours if wished. Serve garnished with praline.


  1. Bake the almonds at 180ºC for 10 minutes or until they are just lightly toasted. Cool a little and then chop coarsely. Sprinkle the almonds on a baking paper-lined tray and keep them close together.
  2. Stir in the sugar and water together in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring and then bring to the boil and boil rapidly until the mixture turns a golden toffee colour.
  3. Pour the toffee immediately over the almonds and leave to set. When cold break into pieces and chop with a heavy knife.

Cooks Tips

Elderflower cordial is prepared from wild elderflowers gathered in Canterbury. Addmore Products make elderflower cordial and it is available in selected supermarkets and delicatessens. It makes a refreshing summer drink as well as being a perfect partner for gooseberries.

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