Life in the Highlands

Hello and thank you for looking at my Blog...i hope you enjoy my site. I'm pretty new to this but hope to keep it all updated with the progress of my garden. I've really enjoyed being able to start everything from scratch and the hard work has been worthwhile. I hope you enjoy seeing my progress too! Feel free to leave comments it's always nice to get feedback.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Gooseberry and Lavender Crumble

400g gooseberries, washed and prepared
100g plain flour (All purpose flour)
50g butter
50g demerara (light brown sugar, granulated) or white sugar
50g chopped hazelnuts

1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
85g caster (Superfine) sugar
2 thin strips of lemon rind
100ml water
2-4 drops of Lavender Cooking Essence (to taste) (available from Health Shops)

Make the lavender syrup by placing all the ingredients in a small pan and stirring until the sugar is dissolved while bringing it to boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and leave to cool. Add lavender essence.

Place the gooseberries in a 3 pint pie dish or other oven proof dish. Remove the lemon rind from the syrup and pour the syrup over the gooseberries.

Make the crumble. Place the flour in a bowl and add the butter in small pieces. Using your finger tips mix the butter with the flour until crumbly. Stir in the sugar and nuts (the crumble can be made in a food processor).
Sprinkle over the gooseberries and bake in 180C/gas 4 for about 30 minutes.
Serve warm with lavender ice cream, cream or yoghurt.

Note: This dish can be made with rhubarb or plums instead of gooseberries.

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Blogger Susie Q said...

I think this sounds just delicious! I have copied the recipe...just the name alone is delicious and sweet! Gooseberry and Lavender Crumble! I love it!

Your blog is just so full of beauty and ideas and inspiration!


6:15 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I have never heard of lavendar syrup! Thank you for the recipe!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

Thanks Susie and Chris. Hope you enjoy the crumble, i find it one of the quickest and easiest of puddings to make.....the lavender will add something special to the dish. Garden gathering speed now and hoping to get the Brassicas in at end of the Month. Had plenty of rain this week and it's amazing the growth that has taken place. Hope you are having a good start to the season too.

2:36 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Thank you for this recipe! I wish we were able to get good gooseberries here. I'd love to try them with the lavender.

3:44 AM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. What a shame you can't get nice gooseberries. Is the climate not good for growing gooseberries? You will be much colder than Scotland i'm assuming. Loved your blog and your posting about why you garden.

1:42 AM  

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