Gooseberry and Almond Crumble

gooseberry and almond crumble
Making the most of the gooseberry season, this delicious crumble is the perfect summer pudding to share with friends and family. It can be made in advance and stored in the fridge until needed, ready for a quick cook in the oven when guests arrive.
This recipe was sent to Kitchen Geekery by Bill's Restaurants.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 6


  • 1 kg gooseberries
  • 200 g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • grated zest of two oranges
  • 2 lemons (juiced)

for the almond crumble topping

  • 280 g plain flour
  • 125 g brown sugar
  • 125 g butter (diced)
  • 85 g ground almonds
  • 40 g oats
  • 40 g flaked almonds
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

to serve

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp rose petals
  • sprig of mint


  • Preheat your oven to 160°C/325°F or Gas Mark 3.
  • Make the gooseberry base by placing the gooseberries, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and lemon juice into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Stir and when the sugar has dissolved and the sauce is thick, remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Make the crumble topping by mixing the flour, nutmeg, sugar and ground almonds together. Rub in the cold butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, and then add the oats and flaked almonds and mix together.
  • Pour the mixture onto a lined baking tray and bake the crumble in the oven for 15 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  • Pour the gooseberry mixture into six individual pudding dishes, or one large ovenproof dish and top with the crumble. These can be stored in the fridge for cooking later. 
  • Turn the oven up to 180°C/350°F or Gas Mark 4, and cook the crumble in the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until the topping has browned and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Serve with double cream, rose petals and a sprig of mint.
Goosberries are also known as "fayberries" because of the ancient belief that fairies used bushes of gooseberry to hide from danger.