Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recipe: Dermie's Gooseberry Crumble With Summer Elderflower Raindrops...

A short Irish summer window welcomes two of Ireland's most greatest seasonal delights: Elderflower & Gooseberries. Sweet Elderflower heads bloom from the most beautiful white Elderflower trees dotted across the Irish countryside. Nearby you will find tough, furry, green gooseberries in the bushes of the Irish countryside. The perfect match for a delicious pudding, jam or many other exciting treats!

To mark the arrival of the Gooseberry seasaon, last Sunday I baked with some new season Kinsale gooseberries and taught my niece a very simple Summer Gooseberry Crumble With Elderflower Raindrops based on the following recipe:

Serves: 6

Shopping List:

- 450g Gooseberries.
- 6 Tbsp Elderflower Cordial (Summer Raindrops).
- 6 Tbsp Caster Sugar.

Crumble Topping:

- 100g Pure Irish Country Butter Nicely Chilled & Diced.
- 100g Plain Cream Flour.
- 50g Ground Almonds.
- 50g Caster Sugar.

The Magic:

- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees or Gas Mark 6.

- Top and tail the gooseberries; slice in half down the centre and place them in the pie dish. Sprinkle with the caster sugar and the drizzle of Elderflower cordial.

- Place the pie dish in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the gooseberries have softened.

- In the meantime, make the crumble by hand and not using a food processer for a nicer finish. Sieve the flour into a large bowl, add the almonds, sugar and rub in the butter until the mixture becomes a rough breadcrumb finish.

- Place the crumble in the freezer for ten minutes for a nicer finish.

- Allow the gooseberry mixture to cool before placing the crumble over them and baking in the oven for a further 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden delicious and the gooseberry mixture is piping over the edges.

- Allow to cool for ten minutes before serving with some softly whipped cream or a summer scoop of homemade vanilla icecream.

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This treat is perfect when sitting alongside the crackling wood of your chiminea on a mild summer evening.