Berlin is a town where you find a lot of stuff in cafes that it is near impossible to find in a supermarket. Gooseberries for example, I have the most amazing Gooseberry cake in St Oberholz, a cafe by Rosenthaler platz but I couldn’t for the life of me find any actually gooseberries in the supermarkets. Woe was me. But then I went into this amazing shop called “mini asia markt” on Brückenstrasse near Heinrich Heine Ubahn station and low and behold there sat these gorgeous red gooseberries. I was saved!
So, I thought, I would make some gooseberry jam and then I I decided to make some muffins with the jam in and some marshmallowy meringue stuff on top. The result – finger licking good.
Here is the recipe:
- 4 parts gooseberries
- 1 part water
- 1 lemon's worth of juice (for the pectin)
- 1 part sugar
- Place all the ingredient in a pot on high heat and stew until all the ingredients are bubbling, softening.
- Mix and leave to simmer for an hour.
- Allow to cool.
- Pour into jars and cool.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, or 2¼ cups pastry flour, sifted
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg (or 2 medium)
- 4 Tbsp butter
- Gooseberry jam
- For marshmallow topping:
- 4 egg whites
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180°C
- In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together and then add the one large egg. Mix in thoroughly
- Sieve in the flour, baking powder and mix thoroughly.
- Now add the milk, salt and vanilla extract
- Place muffin cases in a muffin tray and fill the cases half full of muffin batter. Then use a teaspoon to spoon a teaspoon of gooseberry jam on top of each muffin.
- Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown and the sponge springs back when touched.
- Add the egg whites to a bowl with the remaining sugar and whisk with a hand mixer until the egg whites are opaque and they make stiff peaks.
- Spoon a bit onto each muffin and bake in the over for another 3-5 minutes (until the marshmallow is a tiny tiny bit golden)
Also – for anyone who is in Berlin, there is a peaceful demonstration on Saturday against the oppression of Palestine. Have a look at the facebook event if you are interested in joining! Let’s show our support for Palestine.
In the words of Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”