Friday, 15 July 2011

purple gooseberry and elderflower crumble ice-cream



... i think this is possibly one of the most delicious things i've ever made...!  i'm sure if I could package it and sell it i'd make a small fortune...

... and it's all thanks to Sarah over at Maison Cupcake and her Forever Nigella challenge, which, this month is hosted by Arthi at Soul Curry and the theme this month is Iced Dreams. The idea is that we cook something from Nigella with an 'iced' theme... well, I was perusing through her ice cream recipes but nothing was inspiring i'm afraid, plus I had a bucket load of the lovely purple gooseberries that needed eating and I really wanted to cook with them... and then my hand stopped at page 250 of Nigella's Kitchen and a recipe for Gooseberry and Elderflower Crumble and I was struck by a flash of genius... what if I deconstruct the crumble, make a vanilla custard ice-cream and then add the crumble elements to it..?...I know... pure genius!!!!!

the stewed gooseberries in elderflower cordial

Purple Gooseberry and Elderflower Crumble Ice Cream

as mentioned, the original recipe for the crumble can be found on page 250 of Kitchen... I simply broke it down into separate elements, stewing the fruit with the elderflower cordial, then making a crumble topping and finally a simple vanilla custard, the recipe for which can be found in Nigella's excellent How to Eat.  I've let the whole lot cool and then poured the custard to my ice cream maker, followed by the gooseberries and then the crumble...

the crumble

... I cannot begin to tell you how incredible this tastes... just bloody well make it!


eat and of course, enjoy!


36 comments:

  1. Genius!

    If I had an ice cream maker and purple gooseberries (dratted pigeons scoffed the lot) I would make this right now!

    I'm imagining the full glory of the idea!!!!

    Celia

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  2. This looks amazing! If only I had an ice cream maker (or even just room in my kitchen for one).

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  3. This is the perfect picture of summer. Divine!

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  4. Brilliant summer bite!
    I never come across purple gooseberry before... I can only imagine what it'd taste like. But definitely big fan of the elder.

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  5. Wow, does that look gorgeous!!!

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  6. OMG that is to die for! Looks totally luscious. Thanks for taking part!

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  7. Pure genius indeed - you know it, we know it ;-)

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  8. That looks amazing, and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks! Gooseberries are one of my favourite fruits for cooking!

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  9. well thanks y'all... what can I say... genius just runs in thick streams this neck of the woods... my advice would be to all of you without an ice cream maker.. go out and get one... or... buy a plastic container and freeze the bugger!

    @choclette... yup!

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  10. As many have said...Wow! This looks truly wonderful!

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  11. Dom! You found something wonderful to do with your gooseberries! This is defintiely a stroke of wizardry ... okay, genius too! Great idea! Love the berries drizzle! Love the crumble in the ice cream! Sweet chewiness!

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  12. That ice-cream looks brilliant Dom. Yes, ice-cream maker is in my to-get list. I'm just waiting for pay day.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  13. OMG!!!! this ice cream look so good!!!!!! If I wasn't on a constant diet I would defo go and buy an ice cream maker...but then I'll be tempted to do it everyday.. and I can't afford it!!! :-((((((

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  14. Total genius my dear sir! Looks amazing. I've never come across purple gooseberries before, must keep my eyes peeled!

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  15. OMG..looks fab and I bet tasted good too..a must try recipe I guess then ;-)

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  16. Why can't you sell it? I'd buy some; looks very good.

    World domination really would be just around the corner.

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  17. As a dessert lover, you have my vote on this one and I love the colours too.

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  18. I love delicious crumble looks beautiful, I have white and black currants, did not know the red are very nice and rich. I'm by your beautiful kitchen, see you soon, hugs.

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  19. Dom, that top photo could be on the cover of your first Cookbook - I'd buy it (as I always judge a book by it's cover!!)

    Genius idea, just as I'd expect!

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  20. That does sound good and looks bloomin' amazing. Never heard of purple gooseberries or goosegogs as my mum calls them.

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  21. Does look (and I'm sure taste)stupendous. Like your first comment I too had a gooseberry bush when i lived in Gotham. One day I thought to myself. Gosh they look very plump and ready for eating and intended to go out for the day and then come back in the evening to pick them. That evening I came back to a bush stripped bare and a few very fat catapillars!

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  22. Mmmm, yes please! Thanks for reminder about Forever Nigella too - bit frosty here for iced treats at the mo but I'll think of something... p.s The only thing better than this is your amazing dreams post xx

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  23. That ice cream looks fabulous! What great inspiration! I'm glad you were able to use those gooseberries to create this unique ice cream experience :)

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  24. Oooh my that icecream looks fabulous and delicious!

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  25. Purple gooseberries, no problem. The elderflowers might present a challenge but the finished product certainly looks worth the search--and there is the internet!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  26. What a unique icecream! I usually just eat chocolate icecream....but this looks like a delicious new option.

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  27. We love elderflower and are sure it's wonderful with those beautiful gooseberries! We may have to join you in Forever Nigella!

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  28. I would love to make this; unfortunately gooseberries are unpopular in my part of America and are impossible to find. Perhaps I should plant a bush (do they grow on bushes? I haven't the slightest idea).

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  29. oh man! that looks incredible!!!!

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  30. That really looks truly amazing! I love gooseberries and can just imagine how delicious this must taste - what an inspired idea!!! Must steal it soon!

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  32. Lovely ice-cream. Reminds me that I haven't done the challenge yet -oops!

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  33. My mouth is watering. I would kill for just a taste of it. I have never had gooseberries before and would love to see where I can get them around here. Gorgeous looking!!!

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  34. This sounds terrific and I have a friend who needs to hand off some purple gooseberries. Am I missing where you posted the actual recipe? I don't have the Nigella cookbook.

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