Farmersgirl Kitchen

Chocolate and Gooseberry Sponge

I’m feeling a bit embarrassed by my entry for We should Cocoa this month.  I’ve just been to visit A little bit of heaven on a plate and seen the glorious entry that Sue has made and mine looks a bit pedestrian by comparison!

You see the challenge this month is to make something that includes chocolate and green, I found that even more difficult than the savoury and chocolate challenge of last month.  However, I came up with a solution of sorts.  

I had about 6 tablespoons of cooked gooseberries left over from the Irish Gooseberry Scones so I simply put them in an ovenproof bowl and added the following chocolate sponge:

50g soft butter
50g caster sugar
1 egg
25g self-raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1 level tsp baking powder
50g dark chocolate, chopped roughly
Put all the ingredients into a bowl and beat until combined, put on top of your cooked gooseberries and drop the pieces of chocolate into the batter. Bake in the oven at 180C for about 30-40 minute until the sponge is well risen and the fruit is bubbling.

This is quite a high proportion of baking powder to dry ingredients (it was a mistake) but it made for a very light and airy sponge which wasn’t too sweet.  It would easily serve 3-4 people, if you have more fruit then double up the ingredients and use about 500g fruit.

and just to show that it is green(ish), here is a side shot of the gooseberries with the uncooked chocolate sponge mix on top.  Not my most elegant of recipes, but I didn’t see anyone refuse to eat it!


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    Susan's blog
    March 22, 2012

    Thanks Janice thats so kind of you…but I could just relish a bowl of this with custard. Winning combination in my book! x

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    March 22, 2012

    I wouldn't turn it down, no siree! Love it, especially with those big chunks of chocolate. Pass the custard!!!

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    March 23, 2012

    I would eat anything that has added cocoa or chocolate. 😀 Yours looks delicious.

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    Shu Han
    March 23, 2012

    nice idea using gooseberries as the something green! I love the tartness of those little green berries!

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    Karen S Booth
    March 23, 2012

    Well done Janice, I couldn't even come up with one idea this month for WSC! LOVELY looking pudding!

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    March 23, 2012

    Pedestrian??? Never! And you have the honour of being the first person to use gooseberries as your green element – no one else has been that clever. Lovely recipe ;0)

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    Baking Addict
    March 24, 2012

    Great idea using gooseberry! I can't imagine anyone would say no.. pass it on with lashings of custard! 🙂

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    March 26, 2012

    I've never thought of combining chocolate and gooseberries, but can imagine it actually works well with the sweet chocolate and sharp fruit. Delicious!

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    April 2, 2012

    Janice, this is a brilliant green theme and the only one as far as I know that used gooseberries so ten out of ten for originality. and it sounds very tasty too. Thanks for entering.

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