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Mary Berry’s Simple Gooseberry Sorbet

Today we’re going to dive into a super easy but oh-so-delicious recipe – simple Gooseberry Sorbet! It’s no secret that summertime is one of the tastiest times of the year. Warmer days, cooler nights and an abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables to choose from make it the perfect time to explore all sorts of flavorful dishes!

The bold flavour of these tart berries combined with subtle sweetness from raw sugar creates a light yet memorable treat that will have your taste buds singing. Plus, this recipe requires practically zero fussing over (no topping and tailing the gooseberries), so you can kick back and enjoy every bite without worrying about complicated instructions or hard-to-find ingredients. So grab your ice cream maker (or not), your favourite bowl, and let’s get churning…

gooseberry sorbet uk recipe

To create a picture-perfect batch of gooseberry sorbet, one needs to have a good grasp of the key ingredients and techniques involved. Combining gooseberries with sugar, water, and sometimes other additional flavour enhancers, such as elderflower cordial or liqueur, results in a sorbet that is smooth, silky, and bursting with flavour. A few simple steps, such as simmering them gently in a sugar-water mixture, and blending until smooth, are all it takes to create this icy delight that can be easily replicated at home.

Drawing inspiration from various recipes, personalising your own gooseberry sorbet allows you to fully embrace this fruity dessert’s potential.

As a vegan and dairy-free option, gooseberry sorbet can be enjoyed by a wide range of people, making it a perfect addition to any dessert menu or afternoon garden party. The balance of sweet, tart flavours and smooth texture will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

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Ingredients and Equipment

To make a delicious gooseberry sorbet, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 300 ml Water
  • 175 g Caster Sugar
  • 675 g Gooseberries
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1½ Lemons (Juiced)

Make sure you source fresh and quality gooseberries, as they will impact the overall taste and texture of your sorbet. Elderflower cordial and Sauvignon wine adds a unique flavour to the sorbet, though they can be omitted if you prefer a simple gooseberry sorbet.

For equipment, gather the following items:

  1. 2 x saucepans – 1 large and 1 small
  2. Strainer or sieve
  3. Measuring cups and spoons
  4. Food processor or Ice Cream maker
  5. Freezable container

When selecting your equipment, a quality blender or food processor is essential to achieve a smooth purée. An ice cream maker can help create an even texture for your sorbet, but it is not necessary, as a freezable container can also be used. Ensure all your equipment is clean and ready for use prior to starting the sorbet-making process.

bowl full of gooseberries

Gooseberry sorbet recipe

To create a delicious gooseberry sorbet, follow this simple step-by-step recipe:

  1. Prepare the gooseberries: No need to top and tail the gooseberries because, after processing, they are quick to sieve.
  2. Create the syrup: In a saucepan, combine 175 grams of sugar with 300 ml of water. Bring to a steady boil for 5 minutes, then cool. Add 30 ml of elderflower cordial to the mixture for an extra burst of flavour.
  3. Cook the gooseberries: Add the gooseberries to a fresh saucepan. Add a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of the syrup. Cook until soft. Process the gooseberries until smooth, then sieve the puree.
  4. Blend: Combine the puree with the rest of the syrup and add the lemon juice. Taste and add more sugar if needed.
  5. Freeze the sorbet: Transfer the purée to an airtight container or a shallow freezer-safe dish. Place it in the freezer until ice crystals start to form, but the sorbet is not altogether solid.
  6. Process: Break up the half-frozen mixture and put it in a food processor. Process until smooth, then return to the container and freeze until solid. Repeat the process, then serve.

With these easy steps, you can create a refreshing and delicious gooseberry sorbet that is perfect for any occasion.

Serving Suggestions

Gooseberry sorbet is a delightful and refreshing dessert that can be served in various ways to enhance its appearance and taste. Here are a few suggestions to make your gooseberry sorbet more enjoyable and visually appealing:

1. Pair with fresh fruit: Complement the tangy flavour of gooseberry sorbet by serving it alongside fresh fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. The contrasting colours and textures of the fruits will make the dish look more vibrant and appetising.

2. Drizzle with syrup: Intensify the flavour of your gooseberry sorbet by drizzling it with a sweet syrup, such as elderflower or honey. You may also opt for a fruity sauce, like a raspberry coulis. This will add an extra layer of complexity to your dessert, making it even more enjoyable.

3. Top with mint leaves: Adding a few mint leaves as a garnish can elevate the presentation of your sorbet while also adding a refreshing touch. This simple addition can make your dessert look more professional and inviting.

4. Serve in edible cups or bowls: Make your gooseberry sorbet even more delightful by serving it in an edible container, such as a hollowed-out lemon or orange or chocolate cup. Not only will this create a striking visual effect, but it will also add another dimension of flavour to your dessert.

5. Serve with shortbread biscuits: Add some homemade shortbread biscuits on the side.

Experiment with these serving suggestions or come up with your own creative ways to present this delicious dessert. The possibilities are endless, and catering to your personal taste preferences can truly make your gooseberry sorbet shine.

Tips and Tricks

When making gooseberry sorbet, following a few tips and tricks can ensure a delicious and refreshing treat. Here are some suggestions to help you create the perfect gooseberry sorbet:

Choosing the Gooseberries: Pick ripe and firm gooseberries, which will have the best flavour and provide the right texture for your sorbet. You can use fresh or frozen gooseberries, but ensure that they have been properly cleaned and sorted.

Preparing the Gooseberries: To make the gooseberry juice required for the sorbet, follow the recipe. You can prepare the juice up to a week in advance to save time on the day you make the sorbet.

Sweetening the Sorbet: Adjust the sugar levels in your sorbet based on the tartness of the gooseberries. You may need to add more or less sugar depending on the fruit’s natural sweetness. Taste the mixture before freezing to ensure the right balance between tart and sweet.

Churning and Freezing: For a smooth texture, make sure to churn the sorbet properly in a food processor or ice cream maker. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can try making the sorbet by placing the mixture in a shallow container and stirring it regularly during the freezing process.

Storage and Serving: Sorbet is best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in the freezer for a couple of weeks. Leave it to soften slightly at room temperature for a few minutes before serving to achieve the perfect consistency.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to crafting a delicious gooseberry sorbet that everyone will enjoy.

FAQs

What are the main ingredients for making gooseberry sorbet?

The main ingredients for making gooseberry sorbet include gooseberries, elderflower cordial, sugar, and water. Some recipes suggest adding a small amount of vodka or peach schnapps as well.

How long to freeze when making a sorbet?

The freezing time can vary depending on the quantity of the mixture, the temperature of your freezer, and the type of ice cream maker you are using. Generally, it takes about 2-4 hours to freeze the sorbet in a shallow container that has been placed in the freezer. Then churn the sorbet mixture before transferring it to the freezer for further freezing for 1-2 hours. It’s important to check the sorbet periodically to ensure that it has frozen to your desired consistency.

Are there any variations of gooseberry sorbet I can try?

Yes, there are different flavour variations you can experiment with. You can use elderflower cordial for a floral twist or try adding Sauvignon Blanc wine to create an elegant and refreshing sorbet.

Is gooseberry sorbet suitable for vegans and those with dairy allergies?

Yes, gooseberry sorbet is generally dairy-free and vegan-friendly, as it doesn’t contain any dairy or animal-derived ingredients. Just make sure to double-check your recipe and the ingredients you plan to use.

How should I serve gooseberry sorbet?

Gooseberry sorbet can be served in a bowl, in a cone, or as part of a dessert with fruits or pastries. To make it more elegant, you could also serve it in a champagne glass accompanied by a sprig of fresh mint for added visual appeal and freshness.

gooseberry sorbet uk recipe

Mary Berry’s Simple Gooseberry Sorbet

Rachel
A refreshing sorbet that will tantalize your tastebuds!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Freeze time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 187 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 300 ml Water
  • 175 g Caster Sugar
  • 675 g Gooseberries
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • Lemons (Juiced)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the gooseberries: No need to top and tail the gooseberries because, after processing, they are quick to sieve.
  • Create the syrup: In a saucepan, combine 175 grams of sugar with 300 ml of water. Bring to a steady boil for 5 minutes, then cool. Add 30 ml of elderflower cordial to the mixture for an extra burst of flavour
  • Cook the gooseberries: Add the gooseberries to a fresh saucepan. Add a tablespoon of sugar and a tablespoon of the syrup. Cook until soft. Process the gooseberries until smooth, then sieve the puree.
  • Blend: Combine the puree with the rest of the syrup and add the lemon juice. Taste and add more sugar if needed.
  • Freeze the sorbet: Transfer the purée to an airtight container or a shallow freezer-safe dish. Place it in the freezer until ice crystals start to form, but the sorbet is not altogether solid
  • Process: Break up the half-frozen mixture and put it in a food processor. Process until smooth, then return to the container and freeze until solid. Repeat the process, then serve.
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Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 816IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fresh gooseberries recipe, gooseberry season
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