Need Gooseberries in Seattle
I am looking to make a gooseberry pie TODAY!
I have called/visited the following places with no luck already;
Pike Place Market
Grouse Mountain Farms
Does anyone know if they will be at the Bellevue Farmers Market today? or any other place in the Seattle area?
I haven't been to the farmer's market in Bellevue, but I got gooseberries at the University District market in Seattle three weeks ago. Gooseberries aren't on their produce calendar for this week - perhaps they are already out of season?
The pie I made them into was gloriously delicious - used a gluten-free piecrust that didn't get soggy after three days in the 'fridge (not an issue thereafter!). Generally, what I did was to start with basic shortcrust, bake, and cool. Make a thick custard (I used Julia Child's basic vanilla cream with cornstarch), cool, and pour into crust. Cook a couple pounds stemmed/topped gooseberries with some brown sugar until berries break down, add cornstarch and cook a bit longer, take off the heat, and add elderflower cordial or syrup and butter. Cool, and pour over custard. Chill and relish! (I can make a more detailed recipe, if I remember it, on the Home Cooking board if you think people would want it)
Gooseberries typically ripen from mid- to late-June through July, sometimes August (depending on the weather), so these would have to be frozen, not fresh, gooseberries, if that makes a difference. I’m pretty seasonally oriented and usually not thinking about berries in mid-winter, but that’s just me.