Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood

*Recipe and photography by Rachel's*

Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood Memories. Hello friends. Gooseberry meringue tart anyone? Great for afternoon tea.

I remember having lots of gooseberry trees at the bottom of our garden as a child. My friends and I use to sneak down to the bottom of the garden, pick them off the trees and eat them.

I can not remember what they tasted like. Really, I think we use to eat them before they were ripe and I remember them being very soar. So I wonder if we had belly ache the next day? It never stopped us from eating more if we did!! It must be over 30 years since I last tried one.

Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood Memories

Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood Memories:

Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood Memories. Today I am sharing a guest post, a Gooseberry Meringue Tart. I need to go get some gooseberries now! Use gooseberries in this recipe to add an exciting twist to a classic British tart.

Gooseberry Meringue Tart is a delightful and visually stunning dessert that combines the sweet-tart flavours of gooseberries with the airy sweetness of meringue.

This dessert is a true showcase of nature’s bounty, as gooseberries, with their vibrant green or red hues, take center stage. The tart is typically constructed with a buttery and flaky pastry crust that provides the perfect contrast to the tartness of the gooseberries.

The filling is a luscious gooseberry compote, often combined with a hint of sugar to balance out the fruit’s natural acidity. A secret ingredients of Rachel’s gooseberry yogurt is also added.

The crowning glory of this tart is the meringue topping, which is whipped to glossy peaks and then gently baked to create a beautiful contrast of textures. The result is a harmonious blend of flavours and textures that tantalise the taste buds, making Gooseberry Meringue Tart a true summer sensation and a perfect way to enjoy this unique and underrated berry.

How To Make Gooseberry Meringue Tart:

You will need:

Ingredients:

  • 375g shortcrust pastry
  • 400g fresh gooseberries
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 100g Rachel’s gooseberry yogurt

Meringue:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 115g icing sugar

Makes: 22cm tarts serving 6-8 or 6 individual tarts 10cm each

Preparation time: 40 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour

Afternoon tea ideas

Gooseberry Meringue Tart Method:

How To Make:

  1. Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Lightly grease the tart case and line with pastry. Chill the pastry for ten minutes in the fridge as this will prevent the pastry shrinking.
  2. Meanwhile cut out a sheet of parchment paper or greaseproof paper the same size as the tart, crumple and place inside the tart case. Pre-bake with baking beans for 20 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and lightly browned.

To Make The Filling:

To Make The Filling:

  1. Add the gooseberries together with the sugar and 250ml of water in a pan and simmer until the fruit is soft. Drain the liquid off and reserve the gooseberries. Use the liquid to make a paste with the cornflour and stir this on the heat until it thickens. Beat in the egg yolks and butter. Allow to cool slightly and add the yogurt, then stir. Re-add the gooseberries and stir again. Pour the mixture into the tart case.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add the caster sugar in three stages on full mixer speed. When the caster sugar is all incorporated, fold in the icing sugar in two stages with a metal spoon or spatula.
  • Pipe or spoon the meringue on top of the filling. Bake on 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2 for 30/ 40 minutes until lightly brown and crisp.

Tip: This method will ensure a crispy meringue which doesn’t weep.

Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood Memories

Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood Memories:

Gooseberry Meringue Tart And Childhood Memories. So what do you think about this recipe? Do you also fancy trying it? Recipe and photography by Rachel’s.

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Gooseberry And Almond Crumble. Secondly, making the most of the gooseberry season, this delicious crumble is the perfect summer pudding to share with friends and family. It can be made in advance and stored in the fridge until needed, ready for a quick cook in the oven when guests arrive. Gooseberry And Almond Crumble. So tasty.

Red Gooseberry Muffins With Marshmallow Topping:

BerryWorld Red Gooseberry Muffins With Marshmallow Topping. Last but not least, so do you have the children off school for Summer and are looking for something to bake with them? Fancy making some of these yummy BerryWorld Red Gooseberry Muffins With Marshmallow Topping? BerryWorld Red Gooseberry Muffins With Marshmallow Topping. So good.

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1 Comment

  1. Rhonda Albom
    7 April 2016 / 10:35

    Interesting. We have gooseberries, but they are eaten usually straight off the tree. it never occurred to me to cook with them. I bet this is great.