- 750g gooseberries, washed, topped and tailed
The size of large grapes, but with a more spherical shape, gooseberries are related to the…
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 tsp grated root ginger
- 3 tbsp elderflower cordial
For the topping
- 140g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…
- 25g butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 25g caster sugar
- 150ml buttermilk
- 1 tbsp demerara sugar
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Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Place the gooseberries, caster sugar, ginger and elderflower in a saucepan with 4 tbsp water and cook, covered, for 5 mins until the berries begin to pop. Tip into a baking dish.
Make the topping. Sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then stir in the caster sugar. Mix in the buttermilk to give a soft, sticky dough. Dollop spoonfuls on top of the gooseberries, then sprinkle with the demerara. Bake for 25 mins or until golden brown and crusty. Stand for 5 mins, then serve with some low-fat ice cream, fromage frais or custard.
If you can't find buttermilk, use either low-fat natural yogurt, thinned down slightly with a little cold water, or add 1 tbsp lemon juice to 150ml/¼ pint milk and leave to stand for 5 mins while it curdles.