STREAMING NOW: Carnivorous

Gooseberry and Elderflower Ice Cream

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“Gooseberry and Elderflower may be a very British thing, but it’s such a fabulous combination of flavours that it deserves to be known wider. The tart flavour of gooseberries, tempered by Elderflower Cordial, makes this dessert a wonderful contrast to rich main courses and a fantastic way to finish off a special meal. By way of example , I used frozen gooseberries (picked ourselves) to make this for Christmas day 2005; the flavours evoked welcome memories of summer sun. This recipe comes from “Leith’s Vegetarian Bible”, cooking time is freezing time.”
8hrs 25mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 450 g gooseberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 110 g caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 70 ml elderflower cordial
  • 290 ml double cream (heavy cream)


  1. Top and tail the gooseberries, wash them and put them in a saucepan with the water and sugar; cover and bring slowly to the boil, stirring occasionally to a pulp.
  2. Keeping the heat low, simmer the gooseberry pulp, uncovered, for 5 minutes; allow to cool slightly then put in a blender and process until smooth; sieve to make a smooth puree and set aside to cool.
  3. When the puree is cold, add the elderflower cordial and cream; mix well and check the sweetness, adding a bit more sugar if required; pour into a plastic container and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  4. NOTE: allow the ice cream to soften for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. The original recipe instructs you to process or whisk the ice cream when partially frozen, re freeze then repeat in order to break down any ice crystals that may form; I must confess that whenever I see this instruction I always ignore it and have never had a problem with grainy ice cream: I’ll leave the choice up to you, but of course it will increase the preparation involved.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a