Grandma's old fashioned gooseberry pie recipes are so much fun to try. Gooseberry lovers find these somewhat sour tasting berries are simply wonderful when baked in homemade pies and tarts.
If you have left over gooseberries from pie making, you'll also want to try the easy recipe for gooseberry jelly, as it's delicious in tarts.
Twentieth Century Cookbook (1921)
Gooseberries are so flavorful. They're an excellent source of vitamin C and are said to contain 33% of the recommended daily intake.
The berries can be enjoyed raw as-is though gooseberries tend to be sour tasting when picked early.
They make one of my favorite homemade fruit pies, but as a child I never enjoyed picking them because they were so prickly.
To recipe for Gooseberry Patties (above), add two tablespoons of dried and sifted crumbs.
Roll paste one-quarter inch thick, cover a pie plate, trim the edge evenly and moisten edge with water; fill with gooseberries, cover with half-inch strips of paste placed half an inch apart to form a lattice top; trim the edges neatly, moisten and finish with a half-inch strip of paste around the edge.
Bake about forty minutes. The oven should be hot for the first fifteen minutes (425°F), and then the heat should be reduced to 350°F.
Remove tops and stems from one pint of gooseberries; wash, add one-half cup water, and cook about fifteen minutes, or until soft and well broken; add one cup of sugar, and cool.
Line patty pans with paste, fill with gooseberries, cover with narrow strips of paste to form a lattice. Bake in a hot oven (425°F) twenty-five minutes until done.
The National Cook Book (1856)
Pick off the stems and blossoms of your gooseberries, wash them, and pour enough boiling water over to cover them. Let them stand a few minutes and then drain them.
Line your pie plates with paste, fill them with the fruit, and add three-quarters of a pound of sugar to a pint of fruit.
Dredge a little flour over the top and cover with a top lid of paste, leave an opening in the center to permit the steam to escape, and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, then reduce oven heat to 350°F and continue baking until done.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Add 1 quart of sugar to 1 quart of gooseberries and put into a baked crust.
Cover with pastry and bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, then reduce oven heat to 350°F and continue baking until done.
Or the pie may be baked without a top crust and a meringue added after baking, returning the pie to the oven to brown the meringue.
Look over the gooseberries to remove stems, and stew slowly, with enough water over them to keep from burning, until they break, sweeten well and put aside to cool; pour into pastry shells, and bake with a top crust of puff paste (350°F); brush all over with beaten egg while still hot; put in the oven for another three minutes to glaze.
Roll puff paste out thin, cut out with a cookie cutter, press into gem pans, a teaspoon of jelly (see recipe below) in each and bake (350°F) till done.
3 quarts of green gooseberries
2 quarts of water
Wash the gooseberries, put them in a preserving kettle with the water and cook over a slow fire till the berries are soft enough to mash easily; strain, and press through a jelly bag, and to every pint of juice add one pound of sugar.
Cook rapidly for ten minutes, skimming well while boiling. Turn into glasses, and seal when cold.