Gooseberry and elderflower trifles

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus chilling
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes, plus chilling

Serves: 4-6


400g gooseberries
4 tbsp caster sugar
4 tbsp elderflower cordial
14 ginger nut biscuits
200ml fresh vanilla custard
250ml double cream


1. Put the gooseberries in a saucepan with 2 tbsp sugar and 4 tbsp water. Cover with a lid and cook for 7-8 minutes, until the fruit has just collapsed. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tbsp elderflower cordial; set aside to cool. Meanwhile, crush 12 ginger nuts to coarse crumbs. Divide ½ the biscuits between 4-6 glasses. Top with ½ the gooseberries and their juices and press down with a teaspoon.

2. Divide the custard equally between the glasses, then top with the remaining ginger crumbs, followed by the remaining gooseberries. Press down again, then chill for an hour. Whisk the cream with the remaining 2 tbsp sugar and cordial, until it forms a soft, lolloping cloud (don’t over-whisk). Divide between the trifles, then crush the remaining 2 ginger nuts and scatter over the top. LH