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With its unmistable aroma, subtle, earthy taste and beautiful hue, saffron is a wonderful addition to this unusual dessert. It's quick to prepare and makes a great end to dinner.


  • 225g gooseberries, topped & tailed
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 600ml single cream
  • 75g honey
  • 10 saffron strands


  1. Preheat oven to 140°C/Gas 1.
  2. Put the gooseberries in a pan with the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water, then cover and stew gently for 5 minutes or until tender. Divide between 6 ramekin dishes.
  3. Put the egg yolks, cream, honey and saffron in a bowl and whisk together just to combine. Sit the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl. Cook the custard over a low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
  4. Strain the custard through a fine sieve over the gooseberries. Put the ramekins in a roasting tin containing about 3cm of hot water. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes–1 hour, until just set. Serve at room temperature.
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