Finally, after weeks of waiting, we had enough ripe ground cherries (a type of physalis) to cook up a bit of a storm. Hum, what to make? Ground cherry crumble was all I'd ever had before and I fancied something a bit different - something with chocolate! So I came up with this.
- Dehusked 200g ground cherries
- Melted 50g unsalted butter in a pan and mixed in ground cherries then 100g demerara sugar
- Poured this into a 22cm cake thingie
- Melted 125g unsalted butter with 125g brown sugar & 100g 85% chocolate.
- Sieved 150g flour, 1 rounded tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl.
- Made a well in the centre, poured the chocolate mixture in and stirred .
- Mixed in 2 duck eggs and 3 tbsp milk.
- Poured this over the ground cherries and baked for 30 mins at 180C.
- Removed from oven and left to cool for 5 mins then turned out onto a plate.
The photos, taken with a flash, have really not done this cake justice. It was really pretty with the golden ground cherries making a great contrast to the lusciously dark cake. We had this warm, fresh from the oven and served with cream for dinner. It was completely delicious and equally delicious the next day cold. My chief taster and ground cherry fan was particularly impressed. The cake vanished with remarkable rapidity. I've discovered that ground cherries go particularly well with chocolate and I shall certainly be making this one again. Why don't more people grow ground cherries I wonder?