I have been asked by Most Wanted to come up with an inspiring summer dessert recipe that would be perfect for sharing as well as being economical. The aim is to show you that making your own puddings can be both cheaper and easier than you might have realised.
The brief is part of Most Wanted’s “Making summer taste better” campaign. The aim is to be mindful of how much money can be easily frittered away when you shop. But with the dessert I am going to show you, hopefully you will consider making your own which all the family can enjoy. It is a summer berry & elderflower cobbler (with a lemon scone topping) and elderflower custard.
The dessert worked out to cost £7 to make serving 6 people. That is for both the pudding and the custard. Which works out to cost abut £1 per portion. Buying your fruit at a market will save you a significant amount of money and is something I did not do, hence I spent the £7 budget.
I teach cookery to young mums, dads and toddlers for Family Learning and they all love to bake. I have noticed that once they have mastered the art of a crumble or even a simple gingerbread biscuit, they all go on to use the skills at home. They are always surprised at just how much cheaper it is to cook things for yourself. Cooking for the family is a common theme that runs through the courses I teach and I hope I have put together a delicious summer dessert that represents British food perfectly.
Before I go on to give you the recipe I will share with you some of my top baking tips.
- When following a recipe, always stick to the measurements. Baking allows no room for guessing. Remember baking is a science!
- Simple baking equipment does not have to be expensive. I get my bowls, wooden spoons, measuring jugs etc. from Wilkinson. Cheap but perfectly fine!
- Invest in digital scales. I always get mine on half price in Sainsbury’s. They are on offer at the moment.(I need many scales for teaching)
- Start with simple recipes to build confidence before moving on to more complicated recipes.
- Good beginner’s baking recipes are crumbles, cobblers, flapjacks and gingerbread dough.
- Baking is a good way to make your own presents. Teacher’s, friends and family love to receive a home made gift, it is always appreciated.
- If you are unsure about baking, why not watch a You Tube video of the recipe you want to make before starting. It will help you to visualise what you will be doing.
- Children love dough. Sweet savoury or play dough. If you want something to keep the kids happy for an hour during this long summer break that’s nearly upon us then just knock up a batch of dough. Add in a small bag of flour with some cutters and they will keep themselves busy. The summer holidays house is always going to be messy so what difference will a bit of flour make!
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Summer berry & elderflower cobbler with elderflower custard
- For the cobbler:)
- 900 g Mixed summer berries strawberries, raspberries and blueberries,
- 2 tbsp Elderflower cordial
- 2 tbsp Caster sugar
- 225 g Plain flour sifted
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 Lemon zest only
- 120 g Unsalted butter cut into small cubes
- 175 ml Buttermilk
- Demerara sugar for topping
- For the custard:)
- 1 pint Custard
- 4 tbsp Elderflower cordial
- For the cobbler:)
Place the fruit into an oven proof pie dish, add in the elderflower cordial and sprinkle over the sugar,
Put the sifted flour, baking powder and butter into a bowl.Use your fingertips to turn the flour and butter mixture into fine breadcrumbs ,
Add in the lemon zest and the buttermilk and stir together to form a wet dough,
Using a spoon dollop the dough over the fruit to form a cover for the fruit cobbler,
Sprinkle generously with Demerara sugar and bake in a pre-heated oven 200 degrees for 30 minutes.
- For the custard:)
Make the custard up according to the packet instructions or buy a pint pot of ready made custard,
Heat and add in the elderflower cordial once the custard is warmed through.
The cobbler forms a scone type topping that has a lovely crunchy crust. This works perfectly with the soft fruits and the custard finishes off the pudding with a hint of elderflower.
Any summer fruits would work here, but you could also use frozen berries if you like.