Gooseberry & hazelnut slices

Gooseberry & hazelnut slices

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 16
A nutty sponge cake with jammy gooseberries in a shortcrust pastry case, flavoured with delicate elderflower cordial

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal413
  • fat23g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre2g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.6g
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  • butter, for the tin



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 320g sheet chilled shortcrust pastry
  • 400g gooseberry



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

  • 3 tbsp elderflower cordial (optional)
  • 25g cornflour
  • 140g caster sugar

For the sponge

  • 200g soft butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 100g ground hazelnut



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

To decorate

  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tbsp elderflower cordial or water
  • 50g toasted hazelnut, chopped



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Grease the base and sides of a deep 20 x 30cm tin. Unroll the pastry sheet and use it to line the tin, pressing into the base and sides. Line with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake blind for 15 mins. Remove the paper and beans, then bake for 5 mins more. Reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

  2. Meanwhile, put the gooseberries in a pan with the elderflower cordial, if using, and 3 tbsp water. If you’re not using the cordial, use 6 tbsp water. Cover and cook for 5 mins until the berries start to break down. Mix the cornflour and sugar together, then add to the gooseberry mixture and stir continuously until thickened. Spread evenly over the pastry.

  3. Put all the ingredients for the sponge in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth. Spread evenly over the gooseberry mixture and bake for 25 mins until golden and firm to the touch. Cool in the tin.

  4. To decorate, mix the icing sugar with the cordial or water to make a smooth icing. Drizzle over the cake and scatter over the nuts. Leave until set, then cut into fingers.

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24th Aug, 2013
I have made this 3 times now for friends and family, each time gone within a day. Home grown gooseberries, homemade pastry, really nice the hazelnuts give it a nice texture and taste. Making another tonight for a BBQ.
18th Jul, 2013
I made this with gooseberries from my garden and eggs from my chickens, I used almonds instead of hazelnuts, and the results were delicious, and will be making it again.
4th Nov, 2012
Very nice recipe with the gooseberries, i love them! but after 25 minutes of baking it was not firm at all, a pool of fat was swimming on the top. It seemed the sponge recipe was uneven and had way too much butter. After leaving it too cool and still no change, i decided to break up the the top and add more flower to even it out.
7th Aug, 2012
Mixed reactions with this but mostly positive. I loved it but my wife was not so keen. I would make it more often because it went down well at work too but it is hard to find fresh gooseberries these days, I saw some in the supermarket last week but this week they had none. The only thing I would change is that I would use my own pastry. The pastry I bought from Sainsbury's was thin and difficult to work with.
2nd Aug, 2012
Really beautiful. Lovely change having hazelnuts instead of almonds - gave the sponge a fantastic taste and texture. The perfect way to use up gooseberries, and convert those who are unsure about them. Highly recommended.
22nd Jul, 2012
OMG these are a crowd pleaser! wonderful and yes apple & pear does work may try raspberries next time
20th Jul, 2012
For Karen, wondering about what to use instead of gooseberries - I reckon apple or pear would work (without the elderflower cordial probably) or perhaps rhubarb, if that's available where you are? Instead of elderflower use a tiny bit of vanilla, I reckon that could be nice.
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20th Jul, 2012
hi karen,you might get them in nicholsons or smart.
19th Jul, 2012
Can anyone suggest an alternative to the gooseberry? we don't get them in Malta unfortunately...
17th Jul, 2012
I made these for a special afternoon tea and they were a huge success. I used ready made pastry which was a little tough, so when I make them next time I will definitely make my own. Have to agree with panclanger - the hazelnuts in the sponge are absolutely delicious and reminded me of how much I love anything with hazelnuts. The gooseberries make it lovely and gooey... A big hit and one that deserves a second outing!


1st Jul, 2020
How fine do the ground hazelnuts have to be? Would it work if I blend some whole hazelnuts in a food processor to get a fine crumb?
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3rd Jul, 2020
Hello, Yes that would work, I usually start the food processor and when the pieces start to get smaller I add a tbsp flour to absorb and oil and stop them sticking to the blade. Lulu
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