gooseberry sponge pudding

gooseberry pudding

A friend of mine regularly sells produce from her garden to support the LibDems, and this week she was offering gooseberries.  I bought 10lbs (for a fiver!) – 6lbs have gone to make wine, 2 bags full in the freezer, and the rest I put into a pudding last night.

The goosegogs went into a bowl, and I put in a good sloosh of elderflower cordial (gooseberries and elderflower are a match made in heaven) and a little honey. I didn’t even bother to top and tail them!

I beat 5oz of marg and 5oz of sugar until it was light and creamy, then added 2 eggs and 5 oz of ground almonds bit by bit (egg, then half the almonds then egg then rest of the almonds) and a couple of teaspoons of vanilla essence.

Lobbed the mix on top of the fruit and scattered with quite a lot of slivered almonds, as I’d opened a new bag last week, and some of them didn’t fit into their airtight jar and I wanted to use them up.

Baked at 180˚ for 50 minutes.  Gorgeous.


  1. Mary from Canada says:

    I think … I really do think this is the simplified recipe I am searching for.

    Problem is, I can’t quite understand what you’ve written. What is a “goosegog”? What exactly is a “good slosh”?

    “Lobbed the mix on top of the fruit”? when the fruit seems to be sitting in a bowl … which means that the pie dish is left empty?

    C’mon … the Queen’s english must be able to lead the dullest cook (that would be me) to a happy conclusion involving a Gooseberry Pudding.

    • mac says:

      Perhaps it’s a cultural thing – after all, you’re a foreigner 🙂 Goosegogs are gooseberries (I thought that would be obvious). A “good slosh” is exactly that – I don’t weigh/measure a lot of stuff; a tablespoon or so, maybe?

      The fruit was in an ovenproof bowl (again, I thought that would be obvious).

      Hope that clears it up for you.

  2. Mary from Canada says:

    Cultural? Damn right. Parents from Devonshire, always harping on clarity.

    Had a good chuckle, though, thinking of a recipe in terms of a guessing game. That you “thought it would be obvious” is such a hoot. [“Hoot” = noun, means laugh (also a noun).]

  3. susie says:

    It’s a recipe for gooseberry pun and you didn’t think it was obvious that goosegog was a colloquialism?

    Why been sacastic to someone who has laft us a lovely recipe to try?

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