Green Gooseberry and Elderflower Compote
by Chef Darina Allen
A delicious recipe for when elderflowers are coming into bloom and gooseberries aren't quite ripe
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
- 2 lbs. green gooseberries
- 2 or 3 elderflower heads
- 1 pint cold water
- 1 lb. sugar
- First top and tail the gooseberries.
- Tie 2 or 3 elderflower heads in a little square of muslin, put in a stainless steel or enamelled saucepan, add the sugar, and cover with cold water.
- Bring slowly to a boil and continue to boil for 2 minutes. Add the gooseberries and simmer just until the fruit bursts.
- Allow to get cold. Serve in a pretty bowl and decorate with fresh elderflowers.
- Green Gooseberry and Elderflower Fool: Liquidise the compote and mix with softly whipped cream to taste — about 2 volumes of whipped cream to fruit purée.
- Serve chilled with shortbread biscuits.
Tips/TechniquesChef Darina Allen notes: When I'm driving through country lanes in late May or early June, suddenly I spy the elderflower coming into bloom. Then I know it's time to go and search gooseberry bushes for the hard, green fruit, far too under-ripe at that stage to eat raw, but wonderful cooked in tarts or fools or in this delicious compote. Elderflowers have an extraordinary affinity with green gooseberries and by a happy arrangement of nature they are both in season at the same time.
This segment appears in show #3114.
Recipe courtesy of Darina Allen
© 2006 Darina Allen