Gooseberry meringue tart

Gooseberry meringue tart

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins

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Serves 4
Stuck for what to do with gooseberries? Think of a classic lemon dessert and simply swap the lemon

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal769
  • fat40g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs102g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.79g
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  • 375g pack shortcrust pastry (preferably dessert pastry)
  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 500g gooseberry



    The size of large grapes, but with a more spherical shape, gooseberries are related to the…

  • 2 egg whites
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface, then use it to line a 23cm loose-bottom tart tin. Line with non-stick baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins. Remove the beans, then cook for 10 mins more until golden. Remove from the oven, then reduce the heat to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1.

  2. While the case is cooking, heat the butter and brown sugar in a shallow pan. When the sugar has completely dissolved, throw in the gooseberries and toss in the caramel. Cook for a few mins until they start to split, but before they have burst completely. Remove from heat and leave to cool. Once cool give them a stir, then tip into pastry case.

  3. For the meringue topping, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks. Whisk in the caster sugar a spoonful at a time, then whisk in the cornflour. Carefully blob the meringue over the gooseberries and gently spread to cover. Bake for about 40 mins until the meringue is cooked and lightly browned.

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5th Aug, 2013
Really nice pud. I made my own pastry using the 1/2 the quantity of the gooseberry pie pastry recipe on here. Forgot to make the caramel before adding the gooseberries to the sugar but think it was better without as it left the gooseberries nice and tart. Would use 3 egg whites next time as I was left with quite a thin layer of meringue on a 23cm flan tin.
12th Aug, 2012
Love this - used the gooseberries freshly picked from the garden. Cheated by using a shop bought pastry case. Since made with apricots as substitute to the gooseberries and that was fab too. Excellent with good vanilla ice cream.....
20th May, 2010
Only change was to cook the gooseberries for much longer - about 15 minutes. Family loved this. Great use for our gooseberries. Will make again.
18th Jul, 2009
love this recipe, does it freeze?
30th Aug, 2008
this is a great recipe and is worth making make sure you've read it though adnd made sense of it!!!!!
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