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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!

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

Gooseberry 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!

Ingredients

  • 1 pint gooseberries
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp 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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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.

Meg

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Hi!! I found some of the Oregon canned gooseberries at the store this morning & was intrigued! Like many others, I had never heard of them before & am so happy to have found your family recipe! I am curious if using canned, would I skip step 2 on your instructions? I read in another comment thread to rinse them from the can and add less sugar (maybe 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup?). I figured step 2 was more or less to soften the berries & break them down, but feel they might already come this way straight from the can. Thank you for the recipe <3

Meg

Friday 16th of October 2020

Michelle, thank you for the response. You are awesome!! I will be trying very soon! Stay safe & healthy! God bless! ☺️💕

Michelle Goth

Monday 12th of October 2020

Hi Meg! Yes, I think you're fine to skip step #2. Gooseberries are pretty hard when fresh, so that step is meant to soften them! I hope you like the Oregon gooseberries, I thought they were pretty dang good for canned! :)

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Roxann Stevens Henderson

Saturday 18th of July 2020

I have a gooseberry bush and I just picked the berries today. I was looking through the website for a gooseberry pie recipe and came across your family recipe. I was smelling amazing while simmer in the sauce pan. it is now in the oven. I am actually baking it in the Emeril Lagasse oven.it smells amazing while baking too. Having it for after church Sunday Dinner dessert. Thank you and bless you for this recipe.

Michelle Goth

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

I hope you enjoyed it, Roxann! :)

Lesley

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

How big a pie does this make if you prefer to do your own pastry please

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