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Allotment Gooseberry!

With all the rain, sun and the teams hard work growing is going well at our community allotment. Today Dan has harvested some onions and picked a whole bundle of lovely gooseberries. Gooseberries seem to be very under estimated as a fruit with many people pulling a funny face when offered them. If picked at the right time they are just delicious!

The gooseberries will be used as part of our fruit crumble and delivered out to our community as part of our Wednesday meals on wheels.

Here is an easy gooseberry crumble recipe you could try, you can add other fruit if you wish.


  • 500g gooseberries topped and tailed

85g golden caster sugar

  • 175g plain flour

  • 75g demerara sugar

  • 85g salted butter, chilled


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.Toss the gooseberries with the caster sugar, spread in the bottom of a medium ovenproof baking dish with 2 tbsp water.

  2. To make the crumble, put the flour, butter and a big pinch of salt in a bowl. Rub together with your fingertips until you have a rough breadcrumb texture. Mix in the demerera sugar.

  3. Scatter the crumble topping evenly over the gooseberries. Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes until top is pale golden and crunchy and the gooseberries bubbling. You can also give the crumble a quick flash under a hot grill to give the top an extra browning if you like.



Professional Photography by Phill Jackson

Rubbish photography by the staff!

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