Elderflower sherbet ice & buttermilk sponge

Elderflower sherbet ice & buttermilk sponge

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From
The New Nordic
Serves
4
Photographer
Simon Bajada

The surprisingly floral, sweet intensity of this elderflower ice provides a great contrast to the sourness in the cake. Serve it immediately to avoid the cake getting soggy from the melting ice.

Elderflower sherbet ice

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
150ml Elderflower cordial
500ml fresh apple puree
elderflowers, to garnish (optional)

Buttermilk sponge

Quantity Ingredient
125g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
220g plain flour
70g caster sugar
70g soft light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
2 tablespoons buttermilk

Method

  1. To make the elderflower sherbet ice, whisk together all the ingredients along with 150 ml water in a bowl and then pour into a ceramic dish or baking tray. Freeze overnight.
  2. Heat the oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 25 cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Put all the sponge ingredients into a large bowl with a pinch of salt and beat using an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Turn out on to a wire rack to cool.
  5. About 20 minutes before serving, remove the sherbet ice from the freezer and leave at room temperature for 5–10 minutes, depending on how warm your kitchen is. Scrape half the depth with a fork to create ‘snow’. Return to the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove and scrape some more. Tear chunks from the cake, place in bowls and top with the sherbet ice and the elderflowers (if using).
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