Gooseberry Squares

"Utterly delicious seasonal squares. Gooey and crisp at the same time with a lovely gooseberry tartness. I made these because I absolutely love gooseberries and couldn't find many recipes on how to use them other than the few I already knew. For the uninitiated, gooseberries are like bitter green marbles...I know tempting...But, once you treat them with sugar and heat they given out a unique taste that's hard to describe. Kind of like if you crossed a kiwi with some rhubarb...but nicer."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
12 squares




  • Grease a 13x9 pan with butter, then cover in tin foil and grease foil again wtih butter.
  • For the base, sift together the dry ingredients and then cut in the butter until the mixture is like coarse crumbs. Press onto tin foil. Bake in an oven at 180' for 10 minutes or until pale golden in colour.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Mix together eggs, sugar, vanilla and flour. Then you can either roughly chop gooseberries and mix in or toss in gooseberries whole and mulch up with your hands (latter gives a more integrated flavour but it is messy).
  • Pour wet mix onto base and put back in the oven for approx 35 minutes or until the top is nicely firm and the berries are showing up brown in places.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Very nice, I got mine to fit in the 13x9 and it turned out divine. A nice alternative to the traditional pie.
  2. Oh my goodness, these are delicious beyond belief!! The simple, sweet batter complements gooseberries so well. I used ripe, purple gooseberries (which taste more like kiwi meets grape - the skin is a bit tart but the insides are lovely and sweet!), so I cut down on the sugar a little: used 2/3 cup, which seemed just right. I mushed the berries in the batter using a potato masher to avoid the mess! ;-) One thing though: I was utterly unable to stretch the cookie base to a 13x9 pan, so I used a 9x9 instead - worked perfectly! Thank you so much for this gem of a recipe, daraeve!



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