Gooseberry lattice pie

    Gooseberry lattice pie

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    About this recipe: As pretty to look at as it is to eat, this gooseberry pie has a decorative lattice top. Wonderful with vanilla ice cream or custard.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • For the pastry
    • 175g butter
    • 300g plain flour
    • 1 egg
    • 125g sugar
    • zest of 1/2 lemon
    • For the filling
    • 250ml water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1/2 vanilla pod, cut lengthways
    • 750g fresh or frozen gooseberries
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten

    Method
    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:3hr 

      For the pastry:

    1. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg, sugar and lemon zest and knead to a pastry dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
    2. For the filling:

    3. Meanwhile prepare the filling. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and vanilla pod. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the mixture has the consistency of syrup.
    4. Add gooseberries and simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes. The gooseberries should be soft, but not breaking apart. Strain the mixture, reserving the syrup. Pour syrup back into the saucepan and continue simmering, until thick. Set aside.
    5. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease a 25-26cm springform tin or a loose-bottomed tart tin.
    6. Roll out 2/3 of the pastry and line the bottom and 2cm up the sides of the tin. Prick the pastry all over with a fork.
    7. Prebake the pastry case for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
    8. Roll out the remaining pastry and cut into long and thin strips. Spread the gooseberries evenly over the prebaked pastry case. Arrange half of the dough strips on top going one direction and top them with the other half going the other direction. Brush the lattice with the beaten egg.
    9. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
    10. Take the pie out of the oven, remove the springform ring and place on a cooling rack. Drizzle with the syrup and let cool.

    Tip

    Choose gooseberries that are not too ripe, the recipe works best if the berries are ripe, but firm.

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