Gooseberry streusel cake with elderflower syrup

Gooseberry streusel cake with elderflower syrup
  • Serves icon Serves 10
  • Time icon Takes about 30 min to make, about 1 hour in the oven, plus cooling

Make the most of gooseberries, during the summer months, with this amazing streusel cake recipe.

We’ve got another great streusel cake recipe, this one is made with rhubarb and ginger.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
762kcals
Fat
51.7g (24.5g saturated)
Protein
10.7g
Carbohydrates
67.7g (36.5g sugars)
Salt
0.6g
Calories
762kcals
Fat
51.7g (24.5g saturated)
Protein
10.7g
Carbohydrates
67.7g (36.5g sugars)
Salt
0.6g

Ingredients

  • 600g fresh or frozen red or green gooseberries, stalks removed
  • 2 tbsp elderflower cordial
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 400g plain flour
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 400g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 75g flaked almonds
  • 75g flaked coconut

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan170°C/gas 5. Place the gooseberries, cordial, 100g caster sugar and 100ml water in a large saucepan over a gentle heat. Cook the fresh gooseberries for 4-5 minutes (or frozen gooseberries for 8-9 minutes), stirring occasionally, until they have wilted and released their juices. Strain, reserving the juices, and set both aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, put the flour, ground almonds and remaining caster sugar in a food processor. Add the butter and whizz until the mixture is like coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer half to a bowl, toss with the flaked almonds and coconut and set aside.
  3. Line a 30cm x 23cm baking tin with baking paper. Whizz the remaining crumbs again until they form a smooth dough. Using your fingers, press the dough into the base of the baking tin in an even layer, leaving a rim all around. Prick the base and bake for 15 minutes, until pale golden.
  4. Spoon the strained gooseberries over the base, scatter the crumb, almond and coconut mixture on top and bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden and crisp and the juices are bubbling. Cool slightly in the tin, then remove carefully using the paper.
  5. Simmer the reserved gooseberry juices in a small pan for a few minutes until reduced and syrupy. Cool completely.
  6. Cut the cake into wedges, drizzle with the syrup and serve with a dollop of clotted cream.

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  1. This recipe assumes you have a large food processor. I had to blitz the flour and butter in two. The juice left over that I boiled syrupy set in a solid jelly once totally cooled. I added some Polish elderberry liqueur to it – WOW. I could not find flaked coconut so I bought fresh coconut and grated it. The top crumb asks for a bit of spice

  2. I love this recipe because I adore gooseberries as they are not too sweet and they are a much underused fruit. Not enough recipes use them and this cake is divine.

  3. I love this recipe because…I love gooseberries and elderflower so this is the perfect treat! (minus the coconut as I hate coconut!) Do decrease sugar with the gooseberries to 50-70g depending on age of the gooseberries as I like things quite tart!

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