Blackberry and Gingerbread Roast Pork

Serves: 6

Preparation: 30 Minutes

Cooking Time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes



1.5kg/3lb 2oz boned rolled pork loin joint with scored skin

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, roughly crushed

1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seeds, roughly crushed 

2 tablespoons sunflower oil salt 


1 tablespoon sunflower oil

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cardamom pods, split outer case discarded, black seeds crushed

75g/3oz ginger biscuits, crushed

75g/3oz blackberries

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Beer gravy 

2 tablespoons plain flour

330mlml/101/2 fl oz bottle German blonde beer 200ml/7fl oz chicken stock

2 teaspoons light muscovado sugar

1 teaspoon German or English mustard 100g/4oz blackberries 



Preheat the oven to 240oC/220oC fan assisted/Gas mark 9. Remove the string from the pork, open out flat with the rind downwards on a board then cut a long pocket about 5cm/2inch down the length of the joint in the thickest part of the meat. 

To make the stuffing, heat the oil in a small frying pan, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes until softened. Mix with the remaining stuffing ingredients then spoon into the pocket and the rest on top of the pork. Roll up and retie with fresh string. Put the joint in a roasting tin, rub the fennel and cumin seeds into the cuts in the rind and sprinkle with salt. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the base of the tin. Roast for 25 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 180oC/160oC fan assisted/Gas mark 4 for 20 minutes per 450g/1lb or until the meat juices run clear when the pork is pierced with a knife through the thickest part. 

Lift the pork out of the tin, put on to a serving plate and keep warm in a low oven. Drain the excess fat from the roasting tin then stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the beer and stock then mix in the sugar and mustard and bring to the boil, scraping up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring until thickened, strain into a bowl then pour back into the rinsed roasting tin. Add the blackberries, season with salt and pepper and bring back to the boil to warm the blackberries through. Pour into a serving dish. Remove the string from the pork then carve into slices and serve with the gravy. 

Cooks tip 

To make rosemary roasted potatoes and parsnips, peel 900g/2lb potatoes, cut into chunks then parboil in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and shake in a colander to rough up the edges of the potatoes then toss with 2 tablespoons of plain flour. Heat 4 tbsp goose fat or sunflower oil in a roasting tin at 180oC/160oC fan assisted/Gas mark 4, below the pork for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, coat in the fat or oil and roast for 20 minutes. Add 500g/1lb 2oz parsnips, peeled and cut in half or quarters depending on size and 4 sprigs of rosemary, turn in the pan fat or oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes until golden. Serve with the roast pork. 


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