Gooseberry and Elderflower Meringue Pie

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
British Seasonal Food

By Mark Hix

Published 2008

  • About

Some people find the sourness of gooseberries a bit off-putting, but they make really great desserts. With the exception of the red dessert variety, these berries need to be cooked with sugar. The elderflower gives them a complementary summery fragrance.


For the Pastry

  • 2 medium egg yolks
  • 225 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon


To make the pastry, beat the egg yolks and butter together in a bowl until evenly blended, then beat in the sugar. Stir in the flour and knead together until well mixed. Wrap the pastry in cling film, flatten and leave to rest in the fridge for an hour before use.

Meanwhile, put the gooseberries, elderflower syrup and sugar in a pan over a medium heat. Cook, stirring every so often, for