For the past few weeks we have been walking past a basket of perfect looking gooseberries at our grocer and saying we need to make something with these. A version of the classic Eton Mess the tart gooseberries balance the sweetness to make this light and sunny, just like the weather.
Gooseberry & Elderflower Mess – serves 6
- 300g gooseberries, tops pinched off
- 50g golden caster sugar, plus 2 tbsp
- 2 tbsp elderflower cordial
- 600ml whipping cream
- about 100g of meringue nests, roughly crumbled
Put the gooseberries, 2 tbsp water, and 25g of sugar in a small saucepan. Cook gently until the gooseberries start to soften and break down. Taste and add as much of the remaining 25g as you need, then cool.
Put the 2tbsp sugar, the cordial and the cream into a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks form, then cover and chill.
Just before serving, roughly…
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