Cape gooseberry tart

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    Cape gooseberries are also known as Physalis and are not to be confused with regular gooseberries. Physalis are tiny tomato-like fruits in pretty papery husks. They are often used decoratively, but here they steal the show in a simple, sweet tart. Serve with whipped cream.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 400g cape gooseberries, husks removed
    • 1 (23cm) pastry case
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
    2. Wash cape gooseberries and place in unbaked pastry case. Mix dark brown soft sugar and 1 tablespoon flour and sprinkle over cape gooseberries. Sprinkle water over top. Mix together 3 tablespoons flour and 3 tablespoons sugar. Rub in butter until crumbly. Top cape gooseberry mixture with crumbs.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, reduce temperature to 190 C / Gas 5 and continue to bake for 25 minutes.

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    I bought these ground cherries in Mennonite country in Pennsylvania, while visiting my son. I was told they make a great pie, but I had no recipe. Luckily, thru "all recipes", I found this recipe. It was delicious. I might cut down on the sugar if I'm lucky enough to get any more of these ground cherries - but it was a treat.  -  09 Sep 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I purchased ground cherries at the near by Mennonite produce auction. I found this recipe and it was great.I used 4 cups of ground cherries for a larger pie. I did increase the flour in the pie. It was so easy and is sooooooo delicious. I did not increase the sugar. The cherries become more sweet when they cook.  -  21 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I sure was happy to find a recipe for these neat little fruit. My neighbour gave me some plants and now i have tons but did not know what to do with them!! This pie was very good and i will plant more ground cherries next year just to make more pies!!  -  06 Sep 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)