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English Gooseberry Cobbler

English Gooseberry Cobbler

Preparation Time: 20 - 30 mins
Cooking Time: 25 - 30 mins
Ingredients:
  • 2lb (900g) green gooseberries topped and tailed
  • 4oz (110g) caster sugar
  • 2 tblsp elderflower cordial

For the topping:

  • 8oz (225g) plain flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 level tsp baking powder
  • 4oz (110g) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 6fl oz (170ml) buttermilk or fresh milk will do
  • 2 heaped tsp demerara sugar - more if you like it sweeter

You will need a 9" x 2-3" deep baking dish

Method:

All you do is arrange the fruit, sugar and cordial in the dish, then get on with the topping.  Place the sifted flour, salt, baking powder and butter chunks into a food processor, switch on and give it a pulse ( on-off ) action several times until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Pour in the buttermilk and switch on again briefly until you have a thick very sticky dough.

Now spoon tablespoons of the mixture over the fruit - the more haphazardly you do this the better.  Lastly sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top of the dough, then put the dish on to a high shelf in the oven for 25 - 30 mins or until it is a crusty golden-brown.  Serve warm with ice cream.

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