Gooseberry & Apple Jam & my feature in The Sun

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It’s been a very exciting old time lately what with having been short listed in the MAD Blog Awards for Best Food Blog and then last week I was featured in The Sun (a secret ambition) which came as a huge shock as I just expected a few of my tips to be used in an article! I’ve popped it at the bottom of this post if you’re interested! But anyway enough about about frippery lets get onto the important stuff, my latest jam creation – Gooseberry & Apple Jam! A couple of weeks ago my dad dropped round a large carrier bag of gooseberries that he’d been invited to pick in a local allotment after a chance encounter over the phone! Last year it was Mirabelles from a new neighbour so I just want to say “keep up the good work dad”! I must say gooseberries remind me so much of my childhood as we often had them in desserts but I don’t think I ever really appreciated them at the time. It’s only in recent years I’ve missed seeing them as they seem to have completely fallen out of fashion in the supermarkets. Hence I hadn’t eaten a gooseberry since I was a child and had never cooked one either!

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So when a glut of fruit comes to my door my first thought is always jam, after all I am “The Crazy Jam Lady” according to my daughter! I thought a straightforward gooseberry jam would be nice but then there would be umpteen recipes for that so I shelved that idea. I then racked my brain for what would go well with gooseberries (which from memory had quite a delicate flavour) and the obvious answer was apple. I love adding apple to jams as it gives them such a delicate note. I enlisted the help of my daughter (yes there was probably some bribery of going to get her favourite magazine) and she topped and tailed all the gooseberries for me. I started her off with some small scissors which worked well on the green spike but for the bearded tufts it was easier to pinch them out and I think another time tweezers would be a good option. Next we took it in turns stirring the jam and I gave my daughter the honour of doing the plate test which worked first time and after putting her finger through the jam she proceeded to lick the plate clean and declared the jam was delicious. She then proceeded to say that she would be having it for breakfast the next morning, high praise indeed!

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We then took it in turns to ladle the hot jam into the jars and I had to wait to try my new Gooseberry & Apple jam the following day and I was really pleased with the outcome. The gooseberries and apple are a perfect match in this delicate pink jam (being a newbie I was amazed how a pan of green gooseberries turned pink when the sugar was added). The jam was so good I was then torn as to which jam to enter into the local Parish Show which is this weekend. I had planned to enter my Rhubarb and Strawberry! I’ll keep you guessing for now! I have entered the last 2 Parish shows with my Peach & Apricot Jam and last year my One Punnet Strawberry Jam and won 1st prize both times so I think it will be a very tall order to win a third time but I’ll keep you posted!


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Gooseberry and Apple Jam - a delicious delicate jam perfect for using up a glut of gooseberries!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 5 - 6 jars
  • 1 Kg Unripe gooseberries, trimmed
  • 500g Bramley (cooking) apples, cored, peeled & chopped into roughly 1.5cm pieces
  • 1.5 Kg Granulated sugar
  • 500 mls Water
  1. Start by placing 2 saucers in the freezer (for testing).
  2. Put the water into a large preserving sized pan and add the apples as you prepare them (to prevent browning).
  3. Bring pan to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the gooseberries and simmer for a further 15 minutes until the skins are soft.
  5. On a low heat (not simmering), add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  6. Bring to the boil and time for 15 minutes.
  7. Place a few drops of jam onto saucer and pop in the fridge for 30 seconds.
  8. Run a finger through the mixture and if it forms a crinkle and is jelly like it's ready.
  9. If the jam isn't ready carry on boiling for 2 minutes at a time a re-do the test until it is.
  10. Remove any scum with a spoon.
  11. Ladle into hot jar sterilised jars and cover with lids immediately.
  12. Makes about 5 - 6 large jars.
Sterilise jars just before making jam by washing in hot soapy water or use fresh from the dishwasher, fill with boiling water, emptying and then place in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C leaving in oven until jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.

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If you’d like some more gooseberry inspiration then check out these recipes from some fellow bloggers:

Gooseberry Frangipane Tart 

Vegan Gin & Gooseberry Jelly

Red Gooseberry Cakes

Gooseberry Cobbler

As my jam is both thrifty and seasonal I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with the lovely Helen or Fuss Free Flavours. Plus Simple & in Season run by the lovely Ren Behan.

Credit Crunch Munchsimple and in season






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  1. Deborah

    great post I no longer read The Sun newspaper
    at work

    1. Camilla


  2. Cherie De Coto

    Thank you. I would like to know where I can get gooseberries at.Can you please let me know where. From Belvidere,Ill. Is there a farm near by. I will wait for you anwiser

    1. Camilla

      I think Google would probably be your best bet!

  3. Cherie De Coto

    Thank you for giving me the recipe. Sign Cherie De Coto

  4. Cherie De Coto

    I love gooseberry. I have not had it in avery long time.

  5. Cherie De Coto

    I have not had Gooseberry in a very long time it’s very good.

  6. Alison MacDonald

    This looks really yummy gooseberries are so underrated nowadays 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I know and I’ve only just appreciated them after many decades!

  7. Helen @Fuss Free Flavours

    I love gooseberries and that jam is such an amazingly pretty colour!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, it did go a lovely pastel shade of pink:)

  8. Maria Hackett

    ive never been a big fan of gooseberries, but this looks simply delicious. xx

    1. Camilla

      Me neither but since trying them for the first time since childhood I love them now!

  9. Maya Russell

    All our gooseberries are ripe and frozen – ready to make this recipe. I notice you use unripe gooseberries but most of ours are quite sharp anyway.

    1. Camilla

      As long as they’re not soft and squishy they’ll be fine:-)

  10. Steven Bufton

    I love gooseberries and this recipe looks tasty, I will have to give it a try 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great Steven, let me know what you think:-)

  11. Ursula Hunt

    This is an unusual flavour combination but I bet it is tasty

  12. Johlene@FlavoursandFrosting

    Love the two flavors together! Super cute labels too!! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, the jars and decor are all from Kilner:-)

  13. Manila Spoon

    This gooseberry jam looks delicious and would be a favorite spread of my kids for breakfast!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it is really good:-)

  14. clare

    Great recipe and bloomin’ well done on your recent achievements. Much deserved.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Clare, very kind:-)

  15. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    Congrats on being featured in the sun Madam. You deserve it.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you Bintu:-)

  16. sarah

    I haven’t had gooseberries in years! Love the colour of the jam! Good luck at the parish show! I hope you win with whichever one you pick (this one! this one!). 😉

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah. I was out bargain hunting in Tesco last night and a fellow shopper insisted I had her gooseberries when I said she could make my jam with them, so looks like I’ll be eating them again very soon:-)

  17. Sarah James

    Your jam looks delicious Camilla, another one for me to try. Congrats on your feature, very exciting 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you Sarah on both counts:-) It was rather a shock LOL!

  18. Galina V

    Excellent jam! I love gooseberries. Pinned for future reference. Big well done on being featured!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Galina:-)

  19. Elizabeth

    What a gorgeous jam! Yes, I could quite happily sit and scoff this, and congratulations about your newspaper feature! How exciting! 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elizabeth, lots of jam and excitement lately:-)

  20. Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner?

    Wow, I haven’t seen a gooseberry since I was a teen. This jam sounds fantastic!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Cindy, much like me:-)

  21. Munchies and Munchkins

    I haven’t had gooseberries in years and you are definitely inspiring me to start making jam again. Especially as my new breadmaker also makes jam! X

    1. Camilla

      Fab, you just can’t beat homemade for freshness and all the many flavour combinations you can make:-)

  22. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    My parents have a HUGE gooseberry bush in their garden and as a result they are always looking for gooseberry recipes. We usually have a lot of gooseberry fool when they are in season why had I never thought to make jam before?! Great recipe 🙂

    1. Camilla

      LOL Emma, you must get jam making. It’s like me, my parents had a Damson tree in their garden since I was 9 and it was only in last couple of years when I started making jam that I took note of it and that jam became one of my most popular post!

  23. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    I’ve never even tried a gooseberry before! This does look delicious though and I like the idea of homemade jam.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jemma, well gooseberries just aren’t in fashion like they were when I was growing up so I don’t blame you for not having tried one!

  24. Jen

    It’s so exciting that you were in the Sun, well done! Like you I used to eat gooseberries when I was younger because parents and grandparents enjoyed them for pudding but didn’t really like them myself. I was converted a few years ago by Mum’s gooseberry and elderflower jam, I bet it works really well with apple too to offset the sharpness.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen! Yes it’s strange isn’t it, now if I see a gooseberry in a supermarket it’s so rare I just get a huge wave of nostalgia come over me even though I never rated them as a kid! I didn’t like spinach back then either!

  25. William Gould

    Already got 2.5lbs of gooseberries from our 3 bushes, topped, tailed and frozen. This might be a good way of using them in the Autumn when the apples are ready!

    1. Camilla

      Ooh lucky you William – yes perfect solution:-)

  26. Ursula Hunt

    Congratulations on your Sun feature, well done!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ursula:-)

  27. Peter Delicious

    Such a gorgeous colour! Jam is really the best use for gooseberries. I make it every year.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter, I have a new found love of gooseberries:-)

  28. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    That jam looks lovely! I’m a big fan of gooseberries and this looks a great way to enjoy them when their (ever-so-short) season comes to an end. Yum!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen:-)

  29. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    Mmm, I love the flavour of gooseberries and I bet gooseberry and apple jam is lovely! Thanks for linking to my tart.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy – a pleasure:-)

  30. Kavey

    Lovely looking jam, Camilla. We have gooseberries on the allotment, both red and green varieties though it’s a battle against the birds getting them first!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, yes I imagine that must be a struggle!

  31. Choclette

    Good to hear you and your blog are going places Camilla, all sounds very exciting. As does your jam. Love gooseberry jam, it’s one of my favourites and nice and easy to make too. I’ve never had it with apple before though, so I’m wondering what that might taste like. Thanks for linking to my gooseberry cakes 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette. I am now wondering what gooseberry jam tastes like without the apple LOL:-)

  32. Jennifer Ennis

    My step-grandmother used to make a delicious gooseberry and redcurrant jam. I’ve inherited her preserving pan but not, alas, her talent or her recipes; my effort to reproduce the recipe just haven’t quite worked. My memory tells me the jam had quite a sharp flavour ( I don’t like things too sweet). If you get the chance, could you possibly see if you can devise recipe that works? Many thanks, Jenny

    1. Camilla

      I make jam with whatever fruit comes my way so doubt I’ll be getting any more gooseberries this year but I’ll bear it in mind for the future. Tonight I made Raspberry & Blackcurrant Jam with my 5p bargain fruit finds in Tesco:-)

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