Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Oregon, my home state, is a treasure trove of all kinds of berries. However, to the best of my knowledge, there are no red gooseberries. In fact, I wonder if gooseberries grow anywhere in the U.S.?
So when I received a box of the tiny, bright red berries I wasn't exactly sure what to do with them. I opened up a few cookbooks and surveyed the indexes for gooseberries. The winning book came from Nigella Lawson, and the winning recipe: Red-Gooseberry Clafoutis. There's a good reason why, too. How to be a Domestic Goddess is the only cookbook I own with a gooseberry recipe.
I served the clafoutis to dinner guests and knew it was a good sign when they took seconds. And that's a good thing because it wasn't the best looking dessert in the world. I followed the recipe closely, although I omitted the heavy cream and replaced it with sour cream because that's what my husband brought home from the store. Every time I ask him to pick up heavy cream, he returns instead with a container of sour cream. I should learn by now that I need to put a sticky note on his forehead to get him to remember the right kind of cream. But, no reason to fret, the sour cream worked perfectly. Also, I threw in a couple handfuls of blackberries from the bushes on our back deck.
The whole thing looked a little too messy and tie-died to me, but I suppose what matters most is that it tasted fifty times better than it looked.
Adapted from How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
12 oz red gooseberries
6 large eggs
1/2c cake flour
1/2t orange-flower water (I picked up a bottle in France but you could easily omit it)
1 1/3c sour cream (or heavy cream)
1 1/3c whole milk
powdered sugar for dusting
8-inch diameter pie plate
1. Preheat the oven to 375F, putting in a baking sheet at the same time. When it's reached temperature, grease the pie dish with the butter and throw in the gooseberries. Put in the oven for 10 minutes.
2. Make the batter the easy way: put all remaining ingredients into the food processor and blitz until smooth and combined. When the gooseberries have had their 10 minutes, pour the batter over them, put the dish back on the sheet in the oven, and cook for 35 minutes, by which time the pudding will be just set in the middle and golden brown and puffy at the edges.
3. Upon cooling, the dessert will sink some, but it's supposed to. Eat warm or cold, dusted with powdered sugar.
Posted by SBM at 1:33 PM