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Quick gooseberry plate pie

My grandma always made wonderful shallow pies with the fruit grandad grew in his allotment. They had crispy pastry and a slightly tart filling. In my opinion these are best pies I have ever tasted! This is my version of grandma’s shallow pies – a gooseberry plate pie. Very, very good and simple to make.

How to make gooseberry pie

Grandma, of course, would always make pie with homemade short crust pastry. I have used 1 pack of bought short crust pastry (although not the sweet one, which in my opinion is far too sweet), 1 mug of gooseberries, 4 tablespoons of sugar, milk to brush the pastry.

Top and tail your gooseberries to get rid of the tough ends, then put them in a pan with 2 tablespoons of water. Heat until they start to become soft, and then add the sugar. Check to make sure they are the perfect balance of sweet to sour. If they are very watery you can use 1 tbsp of cornflour dissolved in a little water to thicken it.

How to make easy gooseberry pie

Cover a dinner plate with pastry and trim the edges.Bake for 10 minutes, until just beginning to turn golden.

Gooseberry plate pie

Then pour your fruit into the centre of the pastry, I used a little apple in the below pie with the gooseberry. It should look like a pizza. Use the extra pastry to make strips to cover the top of the pie in a criss-cross pattern. Next brush the pastry with milk and bake for 15 minutes, until the pastry is golden.

The best gooseberry pie

Serve with a big dollop of greek yoghurt (I love the Total 0%) or cream. A great way to use up the last of this year’s gooseberries, Jane

Gooseberry pie

4 Responses to Quick gooseberry plate pie

  1. Maria Waddington says:

    We are in Australia at the moment, but I still love to check to see if you have updated. Always a pleasure to read your comments and see your latest idea. Will try this at home.

    • admin says:

      :) Thank you so much, it’s great to have a readership in Australia! Have a lovely holiday, let me know if you come across any great garden ideas while there, Jane

  2. Glen Howard says:

    Great work Jane. Love the look of your recipes – I’ve got masses of blackcurrants and gooseberries still to pick …. Also kale. Your dad is very proud of you. I’ll be passing my comments on to him.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Glen! It’s a nice problem to have (lots of berries!). Great to hear from you, and so glad you like the recipes, we like eating them!! Jane

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