Wednesday, 17 June 2009

I've got more gooseberries on my bushes than I know what to do with. So far we've picked at least 12lbs of them. Last week I made gooseberry and elderflower jam. Tonight I've made a cake with some of them. First course was:

Broccoli and cheese sauce for pasta
(adapted from Antonio
2 heads broccoli chopped
2 cloves garlic
4 slices bacon
300mls milk
good handful grated`parmesan

First cook the broccoli in salted water until tender. Cook the bacon slices in a little olive oil . Remove from the pan, and cook 2 cloves chopped garlic in the same oil until just brown. Put the cooked broccoli in the pan, add the milk and chopped bacon and simmer while the pasta is cooking. Carluccio said orrechiette, but I just had penne. When the pasta is cooked mix it into the broccoli mixture and stir in the parmesan.
This tasted`surprisingly good, and was given a nice bite by the garlic.

Gooseberry and almond cake
125g chilled butter,chopped
250g plain flour
10mls baking powder
125g greek yogurt
125g ground almonds
125g light muscovado sugar
350g gooseberries
85g castor sugar
flaked almonds

Heat oven to 180C. Line a 27x18cm baking tin with baking parchment.
Put the flour, baking powder, ground almonds and sugar into a bowl. Rub in the butter to make crumbs, then stir in the yogurt. This makes a moist dough. Form the dough into a sausage. Use two thirds to line the base and sides of the tin. I just pressed it out with my fingers. Put the gooseberries on the dough. Sprinkle with the sugar. Roll out the remaining dough, drape over the gooseberries, and seal the edges. In practice the dough broke into pieces. I just patched them together, leaving a few berries showing through. Sprinkle with flaked almonds. put in the oven for about 45 minutes.
This recipe was adapted from a streusel recipe on the BBC Good Food site. Instead of using 250g butter, I used half butter and half yogurt, in a bid to lower the fat content. The result was very good: a tender dough with slightly biscuity edges; the gooseberry juices nicely soaked up by the ground almonds.


  1. Hi Chris - thank you for your comment re. Asparagus Soup (Foodee Blog). I love the look of your gooseberry & almond cake and shall be trying this out. I bought 2 small gooseberry plants this year, so am hoping for a good crop next year!
    Kindest regards,

  2. PS: glad you liked the socks! The yarn was a present from Toronto - and it was lovely to knit with. Do you knit?


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