Gooseberry, elderflower & sauvignon sorbet

Gooseberry, elderflower & sauvignon sorbet

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins plus cooling and overnight freezing


Serves 6

A refreshing frozen dessert made from white wine and summer fruit. Ideal for entertaining as it can be made up to a month in advance

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal267
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars58g
  • fibre5g
  • protein2g
  • salt0g
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  • 300ml good sauvignon blanc (sparkling is good if you can find it, but not essential)
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  • 200g white caster sugar (white sugar helps to keep the colour bright)
  • 900g gooseberry, topped and tailed



    The size of large grapes, but with a more spherical shape, gooseberries are related to the…

  • 5 tbsp undiluted elderflower cordial
  • 1 egg white (see tip, below)


  1. Put the wine and sugar in a large pan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the gooseberries and elderflower cordial, cover and bring to a simmer for 5 mins or until the berries are squishy. Cool a little.

  2. In two batches, blitz to a purée in a food processor. Transfer to a freezerproof container (about 2 litres should do it), cool at room temperature, stirring now and again, then cover and freeze overnight until solid.

  3. The next day, leave at room temp for 15 mins or until just softened. Chop into rough chunks, then process with the egg white until thick, pale and smooth. Spoon the sorbet back into the container and refreeze. Will keep for up to 1 month. Let it soften for a few mins out of the freezer before you scoop.

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26th Jul, 2017
I used an ice cream maker and the result was an extremely fluffy texture that disintegrated. Not easy to serve or eat. The recipe does not require the use of an ice cream maker. Next time I will either omit the egg white or not use an ice cream maker.
17th Jun, 2015
What could I substitute for the gooseberries? I can't get them here in the USA.
26th Jul, 2015
You can't get anything that would work as well as gooseberries for this but some sharp tasting berry would be an alternative if you also leave out the elderflower cordial. Blueberry? Or blackcurrant?
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