Friday, July 24, 2009

Gooseberry Fruit Soup

We went to see my parents last weekend, and I was thrilled to see that both whitecurrants and gooseberries are ripe and ready to be picked! I sneakily picked about a quart of gooseberries, and made a simple fruit soup for dessert that night. I like my fruit soup to be thick enough to hold a large spoonful of whipped cream without collapsing, but thin enough so I could drink a glass when thirsty.

My mum's gooseberries are yellow and rather sweet, so if the ones you've picked or bought are sharp and acidic, you should increase the amount of sugar in the recipe.

Gooseberry Fruit Soup
Serves 4 to 6

400 g fresh gooseberries (about 1 litre/1 quart)
150 to 200 g sugar
1 l water
cinnamon stick (optional)
3 slightly heaped Tbsp potato starch or cornflour (see note) + some cold water

Wash the gooseberries, top and tail. Place cold water, gooseberries, sugar and cinnamon stick into a medium saucepan and bring slowly into a boil. Cook over moderate heat for 7-10 minutes, until the berries are soft, but not mushy.
Mix potato starch with some cold water into a runny paste, then stir into the hot fruit soup, stirring gently. Bring just into boil again, then remove from the heat and cool. (Sprinkle some sugar on top to avoid the forming of the 'skin').

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream (or a suitable vegan alternative).

NOTE: We tend to use potato starch in Estonia to thicken our desserts. Potato starch needs to be mixed with some cold water, then stirred into the hot soup. Bring just to the boil and remove immediately, avoiding un-necessary stirring when cooling. When you use cornstarch/cornflour, then use the same amount, but cook the fruit soup for a few minutes once it's simmering again to achieve the required/desired thickness.

Other fruit soup recipes @ Nami-Nami:
Rhubarb fruit soup
Raisin fruit soup
Cranberry fruit soup


ChichaJo said...

That looks so refreshing!

Suiri said...

Such a great idea.

Those Iittala bowls are on my birthday wish list, by the way. The take such great food photos!

Siri said...

Oops! My name was written incorrectly.

Such a great idea.

Those Iittala bowls are on my birthday wish list, by the way. The take such great food photos!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM, refreshing & lovely!! Yummie yum!

Minttu said...

Thanks for the lovely recipe! I've made plenty of fruit soups, but never thought of making them out of gooseberries, even though it's one of my favorite berries. Our gooseberries aren't ripe enough yet, have to wait a week or so...

Lynda said...

We just picked 2 kilos of gooseberries at my father-in-law's house last week and made a compote. I think they are some of my favorite summer berries - I love to eat them as simply as possible so as not to overpower their delicate flavor.