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This gooseberry pie recipe has some of the best pie filling I've ever tasted! It's sweet and tart, just like your Grandma used to make!

Recently, my coworker gave me gooseberries from her Mom's farm. I was THRILLED, but a bit nervous because although I had enjoyed my fair share of gooseberry pies growing up, I had never made one myself! So, I immediately turned to an old family cookbook to find a tried and true gooseberry pie recipe.

"I used this recipe to make my latest Gooseberry Pie and I think it will be my forever recipe! My husband and I love it, the problem is we are eating it all so no one else gets a chance to taste it! LOL I guess I'm just going to have to make another one!"- Rose, Blog Comment

I quickly found a recipe from a family member who is famous for her home cooking and thought, "Bingo!" And even better, her pie called for frozen pie crusts! Like most of you, I rarely have the time or patience to make pie crust from scratch, so I focused entirely on making the most delicious gooseberry pie filling possible. 

This gooseberry pie recipe has some of the best pie filling I've ever tasted! It's sweet and tart, just like your Grandma used to make!

One thing that you may find unusual about this recipe is the addition of egg yolks to the filling. I was hesitant to add them. I thought, is this a typo? Surely, this is an accident. BUT, I trusted the original recipe and I'm so glad that I did. Adding the egg yolks made such a thick and rich filling. Also, you can see that I attempted a lattice, and kind of failed at it. Don't be like me!

"Hello from PA, I picked a pint of gooseberries yesterday from my 20-year-old bushes. I topped and tailed and then cooked them per instructions. The pie was perfect. Thank you for your fast and easy recipe."- Robin, blog comment

But, the pie still tasted wonderful because the filling was PERFECT! I'm so glad that I had enough gooseberries to make two pies; one for my coworker who so kindly gifted the gooseberries to me, and the other for a weekend visit from my parents.

When my Mom took her first bite, she said it was the "best gooseberry pie she had EVER had." And trust me, that's very high praise.

This gooseberry pie recipe has some of the best pie filling I've ever tasted! It's sweet and tart, just like your Grandma used to make!

What do Gooseberries taste like?

Gooseberries have a unique flavor that largely depends on how ripe they are. Green gooseberries are not ripe, but they are most often what is used it cooking. Green gooseberries are very tart and tangy. 

As gooseberries ripen, they turn purple and the flavor changes to semi-sweet, like a grape. 

What does Gooseberry Pie taste like?

A great gooseberry pie is equal parts SWEET and SOUR. The buttery taste of the crust, and the sweetness of the filling help tame the unripe gooseberries sour flavor.

So, have you ever had gooseberry pie? I'd love to hear any memories that you have of this sweet and sour pie! 

This gooseberry pie recipe has some of the best pie filling I've ever tasted! It's sweet and tart, just like your Grandma used to make!

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Gooseberry Pie

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This gooseberry pie recipe has some of the best pie filling I've ever tasted! It's sweet and tart, just like your Grandma used to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 pint gooseberries
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 egg yolks

Pie crust topping

  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, add gooseberries and water. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Drain off some of the excess water, then return to the burner.
  3. Add the sugar, butter and flour, continue to simmer.
  4. Beat egg yolks and pour slowly into saucepan. Cook on medium-low heat until thick.
  5. Pour filling into still frozen pre-made pie crust.
  6. Top with a second pie crust, cutting slits to vent (or cut for lattice top).
  7. Brush the pie crust with egg whites. Sprinkle sugar on top.
  8. Cover the crusts of the pie with aluminum foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and bake for another 15-25 minutes, until the crust is browned.
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Grandma's Gooseberry Pie Recipe

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DONNA ENDRESEN

Monday 13th of September 2021

Gooseberry pie is one of my favorites from my Grandmother. When I had to drive gross country fo the Army, I would make sure I would stop in Salinas, KS at a certain truck stop that had Gooseberry pie! I now have two Gooseberry bushes that are 2-3 years old and loaded w/ ripe gooseberries. I will pick, freeze; then make Gooseberry pie this winter or this fall after all produce is in from the garden! I cant wait to try your recipe!

Michelle Goth

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

Funny enough, I am about an hour away from Salina Kansas where I live right now! Gooseberries are one of those things that you just have to have a source (or a bush!) We grow our own now. I really hope the recipe turns out well for you, Donna!

Lena Potyondy

Thursday 9th of September 2021

I made this over the weekend with gooseberries from our bush! Very good, much more like a custard type pie than what I've made before. I did find that I needed many more gooseberries than the recipe called for. I would recommend about 6-8 cups of gooseberries , depending on how much you cook them down and how deep your pie pan is. Thanks!

Robin K

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Hello from PA, I picked a pint of gooseberries yesterday from my 20-year-old bushes. I topped and tailed and then cooked them per instructions. The pie was perfect. Thank you for your fast and easy recipe.

Michelle Goth

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Robin, that's wonderful! Thank you for letting me know.

Rose Vogel

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

I used this recipe to make my latest Gooseberry Pie and I think it will be my forever recipe! My husband and I love it, the problem is we are eating it all so no one else gets a chance to taste it! LOL I guess I'm just going to have to make another one!

Michelle Goth

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Rose, you made my day! I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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