Hands up who loves gooseberries, well you’ll love this Gluten Free Gooseberry Crumble then. I have fond memories of picking gooseberries in my youth. I use to bite them in half and scoop the seeds out with my finger nails eating them first and then (after making the halved berry look like a hat on my finger – compulsory) I pop the berry skin into my mouth before picking another, and another.
Trouble was that the gooseberry bushes belonged to my neighbour and I could reach the bushes by squeezing my little arm through the wire fence between our gardens. He saw me one day and told me off. I look back as it being a fond memory though so I can’t imagine he proper told me off, he and his wife adored us and I don’t think he’d have had it in him to be angry with me!
There’s been a bit of interest over on my facebook page about another gooseberry recipe on my website and it dawned on me that something simple like a gooseberry crumble may not necessarily be simple to someone starting out on their gluten free baking journey. So, for the great good of course, I decided to make one of my crumbles and share with you how simple they are to make.
Another question that popped up was that some people can’t get gooseberries in their country. So in the next paragraph I talk about a fresh gooseberry versus tinned (or canned) gooseberries.
What’s better tinned or fresh Gooseberries?
Well the question really can you source fresh gooseberries? If the answer is yes, then go for fresh I’d say. With fresh gooseberries you get a better authentic green/yellow colour you also get to choose how soft your fruit is in the crumble. Preparing fresh gooseberries is not different to rhubarb or Bramley apples. To prepare the fruit you can nip the stalks with your fingernails and take off the remnants of the flower (that crispy dry bit on the bottom of the berry). I keep the berries whole and add to a saucepan with a tablespoon of water and sugar to taste. After that you simply heat gently until the berries go soft and you achieve the stewed fruit consistency of your liking.
Tinned fruit is a whole lot simpler as the fruit has been prepared for you and soaked in syrup so no need to sweeten at all. You are going to get a softer fruit using the tinned version and the gooseberries will have lost their vibrant green colour too, often turning a pinkish colour.
For the recipe pictured I used tinned gooseberries as I made this during lockdown and didn’t want to scour the shops and markets looking for fresh gooseberries. You can see in the image the colour change I mention above.
It’s also worth mentioning that I used two tins of gooseberries (300g each but 145g once drained) this is simply down to preference. I love a whole lot of crumble with my fruit not the other way! But if you prefer more of a 50/50 ration then I’d recommend three tins or at least 400g of fresh berries.
Can I make Dairy Free/Vegan Gluten Free Gooseberry Crumble?
Simple yes to this. The crumble I made and photographed for this recipe write-up was dairy free. I used Pure dairy free spread for the crumble mixture but Vitalite or any other dairy free spread works equally as well. This Gooseberry Crumble is naturally vegan anyway if you opt for dairy free spreads.
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I’m guessing, correct me if I’m wrong, that you are a lover of crumbles first then gooseberries? If that’s the case, then you want to check out my Rhubarb and Apple Crumble and why not mis things up a bit and check out my Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cake? I also have a popular Gooseberry Crumble Fool on the website to tempt you with another gooseberry inspired recipe.
Interesting facts about Gooseberries
In the UK you can hear Gooseberries being affectionately called Goosegogs! Not entirely sure where that term came from, but I like it! Gooseberries are a great source of dietary fibre and several other essential nutrients such as vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, iron, phosphorus, copper, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and manganese.
Due to being packed with goodness they are good for your heart, skin and immune system.
Gooseberries come in a variety of colours; red, purple, white and yellow but green is the original and most common colour.
Gluten Free Gooseberry Crumble
Gooseberry fruit layer
- 300-450 g gooseberries I’ve kept this flexible depending on your ideal fruit crumble ratio. If using tinned berries the max is 3x drained tins
- 50 g caster sugar if using tinned fruit this is not necessary
- 200 g gluten free plain flour
- 50 g gluten free oats if you cannot tolerate oats add 50g more flour or ground almonds or maybe 2-3 crumbled gluten free digestive biscuits.
- 100 g unsalted butter or dairy free alternative (I use Flora plant butter) dairy free spread if making dairy free/vegan
- 50 g caster sugar
Fresh gooseberry version
- Prepare your berries by nipping off the stems and flowers with your fingernails, no need to cut the fruit.
- Add to a saucepan with a tablespoon of water and sugar to taste (start with the 50g and add more later if required)
- Heat gently until fruit has softened, cook for longer if you want more of a stewed fruit version.
- Pour fruit into a medium sized oven proof pudding dish and crack on with your crumble.
Tinned gooseberry version
- Drain the tins of gooseberries in a sieve (no need to keep the syrup)
- Add to a medium sized oven proof pudding dish.
- To a large bowl add the butter/dairy free spread and the flour and rub into breadcrumbs. I’m a bit lazy here and use a pastry mixer, it’s quick and save me getting bits under my nails! (there’s a link below if interested)
- Add the oats (or chosen alternative) and sugar and mix to combine.
- Pour over the gooseberrys and even out with a fork.
- Pop in the oven at 220°C | 200°C fan for 30 minutes
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