Gooseberry and Elderflower Ice Cream

"Gooseberry and Elderflower may be a very British thing, but it’s such a fabulous combination of flavours that it deserves to be known wider. The tart flavour of gooseberries, tempered by Elderflower Cordial, makes this dessert a wonderful contrast to rich main courses and a fantastic way to finish off a special meal. By way of example , I used frozen gooseberries (picked ourselves) to make this for Christmas day 2005; the flavours evoked welcome memories of summer sun. This recipe comes from “Leith’s Vegetarian Bible”, cooking time is freezing time."
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Ready In:
8hrs 25mins


  • 450 g gooseberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 110 g caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 70 ml elderflower cordial
  • 290 ml double cream (heavy cream)


  • Top and tail the gooseberries, wash them and put them in a saucepan with the water and sugar; cover and bring slowly to the boil, stirring occasionally to a pulp.
  • Keeping the heat low, simmer the gooseberry pulp, uncovered, for 5 minutes; allow to cool slightly then put in a blender and process until smooth; sieve to make a smooth puree and set aside to cool.
  • When the puree is cold, add the elderflower cordial and cream; mix well and check the sweetness, adding a bit more sugar if required; pour into a plastic container and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • NOTE: allow the ice cream to soften for 10 minutes before serving.
  • The original recipe instructs you to process or whisk the ice cream when partially frozen, re freeze then repeat in order to break down any ice crystals that may form; I must confess that whenever I see this instruction I always ignore it and have never had a problem with grainy ice cream: I’ll leave the choice up to you, but of course it will increase the preparation involved.

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  1. Wow - how delicious!<br/>I made this for my dad, last night, and used home-grown gooseberries, and homemade elderflower cordial.<br/>Highly recommend it!!!<br/><br/> - freelance graphic designer


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