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Elderflower madeleines with gin-poached gooseberries

Angela Clutton

A light summery dessert for a lazy afternoon or after dinner

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10 mins (plus resting)


15 mins


Serves 4 (3 each)




For the madeleines

  • 60g butter, plus a small extra piece
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • 60g plain flour, plus 1 tbsp for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp elderflower cordial
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar

For the poached gooseberries

  • 250g gooseberries
  • 25ml gin
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar


  • 12-hole 8cm madeleine tin


Melt the 60g of butter in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Once melted, take the bowl off the water and let the butter come to room temperature.

Whisk together the sugar and eggs until thickened. Work in the lemon and vanilla, then sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine thoroughly but gently. Lastly, stir in the melted butter and elderflower cordial. Leave the mixture to rest for at least 2 hours. If your kitchen is warm, put it in the fridge.

When you’re ready to bake the madeleines, heat the oven to 180C. Melt the remaining small piece of butter. Brush each madeleine tin indent with the butter and follow up by dusting over the 1 tbsp flour. Spoon in the madeleine mixture, going not quite up to the rim.

Sit the tray on a baking sheet in the oven to help protect the fluted underside from getting too baked. Bake for 15 mins but check at 12. They’re done when the edges are just starting to get nicely browned. Let them sit for a minute out of the oven before lifting your madeleines out of the tin and onto a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar.

For the poached gooseberries, top and tail the fruits by pulling off the stalk at one end and the brown tuft at the other. Put them into a pan with the gin and caster sugar. Cover and cook over a high heat for 5 mins or until the gooseberries just start to burst and break down.

Serve the madeleines while still warm with the poached gooseberries alongside.

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