Phil Vickery’s gooseberry crumble recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 25 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 678 kCal 34%
Fat 22.5g 32%
  -  Saturates 13.7g 69%
Carbohydrates 111.0g 34%
  -  of which Sugars 76.4g 85%
Protein 8.1g 16%
Salt 0.24g 4%
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  • Summertime comes with a whole host of delicious fruit and veg produce that we all love to take advantage of. Elderflower that makes delicious cordial and summery cocktails, strawberries that are made for pavlova, and of course gooseberries. And while the winter sees us filling up warming desserts like apple and rhubarb crumbles, this gooseberry crumble is perfect for the summer months.

    This delicious gooseberry crumble recipe is made using fresh gooseberries – it’s a quick dessert and tastes great with cream or custard! Phil Vickery’s gooseberry crumble takes only 45 mins to make and bake and it can serve around four people – depending on how hungry everyone is! It’s a great recipe for enjoying on a summer Sunday afternoon after your family roast dinner. This recipe users fresh, tangy gooseberries and is topped with a buttery crumble topping. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. Eat cold or serve with warm – the choice is yours!

    Want to add even more flavour? Crush some nuts into your crumble topping – we love almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts. Yum!

    Use the summer months to make the most of our gooseberry recipes, including pudding, pie and drizzle cake!


    • 875g English gooseberries, topped and tailed
    • 100–175g unrefined granulated sugar
    • 100g cold unsalted butter, cubed
    • A pinch of salt
    • 200g plain white flour
    • 100g caster sugar
    • Clotted cream, to serve


    • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Place the gooseberries in a stainless-steel saucepan, add the granulated sugar and heat until the fruit starts to burst. Remove from the heat and then tip into a 23 cm (9-inch) ovenproof baking dish; the gooseberries should almost be in a single layer on the bottom of the dish.

    • Place the cold butter, salt and flour together in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and pulse again just to bring together – do not overwork (this ensures that the mixture does not ‘cake up’, leaving the crumble nice and loose).

    • Spread the crumble evenly over the cooked gooseberries and bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly (the secret with crumble is to eat it warm, not hot) and serve with clotted cream.

    Top tip for making Phil Vickery’s gooseberry crumble

    Gooseberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, Potassium and Magnesium

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