Some years ago I planted a gooseberry and a blackcurrant bush in my garden. The blackcurrant bush thrived and I have had quite a lot of fruit from it. The gooseberry bush disappeared, never to be seen again. This year when I was weeding the garden I was really surprised to find a bush with a few gooseberries on it. The bush was in a completely different place from where it had been planted originally. As far as I am aware bushes do not walk so how it got there is a complete mystery. I was pleased though and picked the twenty one gooseberries that I found.
Unfortunately there is not much that can be done with twenty one gooseberries, it can hardly be called a bumper crop. I did have some elderflower cordial so I decided I would try and make an elderflower and gooseberry sorbet. Elderflower’s are abundant at this time of the year and I thought the flavours would pair well. I added a couple of mint leaves from my garden into the mixture and the result was a lovely delicate sorbet. It would make the perfect dessert for an evening with friends and a barbecue in the garden.
Gooseberries and elderflowers to me are very English. My parents had gooseberry bushes in the garden and I remember long summers where we would be sent into the garden to pick them. We often pricked our fingers getting the harder to reach ones but the effort was worth it when my mum made pies and jam with them. I also remember days where we drove out into the country to forage for elderflower’s and later in the year for elderberries. These days were often combined with picnics and trips to hunt for fossils at the coast and I always remember the sun shining on us. A dish of this elderflower and gooseberry sorbet would have been delicious at the coast on a hot day, thirst quenching and refreshing.
I used an ice cream maker to make mine but you could also pour the mixture into a tub in the freezer and just leave it to set. This should work just as well.
I am joining in with Chris on Cooking Around The World and his amazing series of world cup recipes with this post. I am counting this as an English recipe and if you are quick you could make some for their game.