Summer is in full swing, so something fresh and summery seems the order of the day.
One of the botanicals in this month’s Vidda Torr gin is elderflower, and what goes best with elderflower? Yes, that quintessentially English berry, the gooseberry. Gooseberries often get a bad press, but I adore them. Tart, green and juicy I cannot get enough of these little green marbles, bursting with flavour.
Gooseberry fool is the dessert of my childhood. My father adored gooseberries, or 'goosegogs' as he called them, and a fool was always the most luxurious, creamy confection that just oozed everything yummy about the combination of sharp berries, sweet sugar and smooth cream.
Here is my gin-based version of this classic English dessert. Enjoy it as much as my friends and family do!
Vidda TørrElderflower & Gooseberry Fool
Pop the berries, sugar and elderflower cordial into a pan, bring to the boil and simmer until the berries are soft and have burst. Let the berry mix cool, then puree in a blender and pass through a sieve to remove any pips.
Add the Vidda Torr gin. At this point you can also add a little green food colour to intensify the very pale green of the berries if you wish – I like to do this. Chill the gooseberry puree.
Before serving, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Do not over whip, as the acidity of the puree will thicken the cream further. Fold in the yoghurt, then fold in the puree, reserving a little to drizzle on top of the fools. Spoon the mix into glasses and drizzle any remaining puree on top.
Chill until serving and garnish with mint leaves and edible flowers. Enjoy this taste of Scandinavia meeting the English countryside as a delicious summer dessert!
500g gooseberries, topped and tailed
50g caster sugar
100ml elderflower cordial
50ml Vidda Torr gin
Natural green food colour (optional)
300ml double cream
300ml full fat Greek yoghurt