Need Gooseberries in Seattle
- seabee Jul 30, 2009 01:09 PM
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 just happened to see your post, and I wonder if you have a recipe for gooseberry pie that you might post on the Home Cooking board? I've been seeing them lately in NYC, but haven't wanted to make a gooseberry fool. Thanks.
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)
Franks Produce in the Pike Place Market. Call ahead to make sure they still have some but this morning they did.
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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.