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Make a Home Grown Gooseberry Sauce Cake

Make a Home Grown Gooseberry Sauce Cake

This is another regular favourite at Master Gardeners training days.  It is based on the better known American apple sauce cake idea and comes from Sophie Grigson’s book, Country Kitchen.  You can replace the gooseberries with any other fruit puree.

280g (10oz0 self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt (I usually miss this out)

110g (4oz) caster sugar

110g (4oz) demerara sugar plus a little extra for sprinkling

110g (4oz) melted butter

2 eggs

300ml (1/2 pint) unsweetened stewed gooseberries (or apples, strawberries …)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F Gas 4
Line the base of a 23cm (9in) cake tin and grease it
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and 2 sugars in a large bowl
Mix the fruit puree, eggs, butter and vanilla extract thoroughly
Add the wet mix to the dry mix and combine
Pour into the baking tin
Sprinkle with Demerara
Bake for about 45 mins until golden and a skewer comes out clean
Cool for at least 15 minutes before turning out.

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