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Gooseberry & Spelt Crumble with Chervil Custard



Gooseberry & Spelt Crumble with Chervil Custard

This recipe was created while trying to combine two equally delicious and simple desserts. On the one hand, light gooseberry meringue pie and a crumble on the other. The gooseberry meringue would certainly not need an explanation, everyone knows, but for those of you who cannot quite do something with a crumble yet, a briefly explanation. Crumble means streusel and now you say, yes crumble cake I know, but the difference is that the crumble is more like a sweet casserole. You layer a compote together with custard (sometimes without) in a baking dish and bake just the crumble on top. Then everything goes into a bowl with a scoop of ice cream and you have a super delicious dessert for any occasion in no time and simply vary with the season.

Chervil in Custard

I made a refreshing herb sorbet again the other day and came across this idea. Among other things, I have also mixed chervil into the sorbet in addition to the leftover herbs. Chervil has a grassy-green taste and a slight note of ethereal aromas, but only slightly. I found this so fitting that I wanted to use chervil in this dessert recipe. The custard was particularly well suited for this, as the fat it contained enhanced the flavor. So, I had a delicious base for the crumble with the chervil custard.

red gooseberries with spelt crumble and chervil with gray sapienstone top
a chervil custard splash with gray sapienstone top

Gooseberries with Meringue

Gooseberries and meringue have accompanied me since my childhood and later in my job too. Cakes, pies and desserts were sold in every summer to countless guests and I have not been holding myself back either. Since gooseberries are not in season for too long and do not keep fresh for very long when harvested, we often have to hurry with the processing and we tin and freeze many fresh gooseberries in a short time in order to be able to consume them for a longer period. But since it is just the right time, I did not want to miss it for you to create a dessert recipe with fresh gooseberries. To the acidity of gooseberries, a light meringue just always fits perfectly, but it does not always have to be on the cake. Together with crunchy spelt crumbles and the chervil pudding, the gooseberry meringue became a gooseberry crumble.

meringue on a whisk with gray sapienstone top
freshly baked spelt crumble in a baking pan with gray sapienstone top


Gooseberry & Spelt Crumble with Chervil Custard

4 Persons30 Minutes

Chervil Custard
  • 300 ml Milk
  • 40 g Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 20 g Starch
  • 10 g Butter
  • Salt & Orange Zest to taste
  • Chervil to taste

For the chervil custard, separate one egg and set the white aside. Mix the egg yolk with starch and a little milk until smooth. Boil the remaining milk with sugar and spices. Now add the starch mix, stirring constantly, and continue cooking for 1 minute. Refrigerate the pudding and once cooled, blend it in a food processor with the chervil. Vary the amount according to taste. Then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Spelt Crumble
  • 125 g Butter
  • 200 g Spelt Flour
  • 75 g Sugar
  • Salt, Orange Zest & Cinnamon to taste

For the spelt crumble, knead all ingredients until you get a crumbly consistency. Then place on a baking tray with paper and bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for approx. 8 - 12 minutes until they have taken on a nice color.

  • 250 g Gooseberries
  • Orange Zest and Juice, Salt & Vanilla to taste
  • 1 Egg White
  • 15 g Sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 8 Chervil Stalks

Before serving, wash, clean and halve the gooseberries. Now marinate them with the spices for at least 5 minutes. Before serving, beat the egg whites with sugar and salt until stiff and pluck some chervil. Now spread the chervil pudding wildly and arrange the remaining ingredients on top. Finally, finish with the chervil leaves.

gooseberry and spelt crumble with chervil custard on a gray plate with gray sapienstone top
gooseberry and spelt crumble with chervil custard on a gray plate with gray sapienstone top
gooseberry and spelt crumble with chervil custard on a gray plate with gray sapienstone top

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