Eat Gooseberries

Elderflower fool with poached gooseberries

Use a good quality elderflower cordial or even better a homemade one (ask the chefs) – the marriage of sweet and sharp.


Calories 490kcals

Fat 40.5g (25.1g saturated)

Protein 1.7g

Carbohydrates 29.6g (30.3g sugar)

Fibre 2g

Salt 0.1g



135ml chilled elderflower cordial

3 tbsp lemon juice

300ml chilled double cream

For the poached gooseberries:

250g gooseberries

2 tbsp caster sugar

90ml elderflower cordial



First poach the gooseberries: put them in a heavy-based saucepan with the sugar and cordial, then place over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and cook for about 4 minutes until the gooseberries are tender but still hold their shape. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

To make the fool, put the cordial, lemon juice and double cream in a large bowl and whisk until the mixture will just hold a soft peak. Spoon the gooseberries into 4 glasses, followed by some fool, then repeat. Chill them until you’re ready to serve, but leave them no longer than an hour or the fools will begin to separate.