Gooseberry Frangipane Tart

Although picking the gooseberries for the gooseberry jam I made recently was rather torturous, I was back there this week picking more with a gooseberry frangipane tart in mind for Perfecting Patisserie, the baking and patisserie blog challenge and linky I run with Kevin from The Crafty Larder. My hands got even more ripped to shreds this time, and I am still removing splinters now. Note to self: wear gloves to pick gooseberries.

Gooseberry Frangipane Tart

I had two tries at making this tart, for the first I had run out of plain flour and used buckwheat flour I found in the cupboard in its place. I found the pastry far too bitter unfortunately and didn’t like the taste at all. On Instagram I was given a tip to mix buckwheat flour with rice and sorghum flour to make it less bitter, and I will definitely I will try that out. I also didn’t have enough butter for the frangipane, so used coconut oil instead. Luckily that part worked out well, and the gooseberry frangipane was delicious, and even better I had enough gooseberries to try again.

Gooseberry Frangipane Tart

Fast forward to my second try. Plain flour at the ready, I made a sweetened shortcrust pastry, and flavoured the frangipane with a little rose water. Once again I used coconut oil rather than butter for the frangipane. Sadly I haven’t mastered tidy pastry edges yet but my rustic gooseberry frangipane tart tastes delicious. Luckily, the aim of Perfecting Patisserie is to get out of your comfort zone, try out something new and challenging you haven’t made before, and perfect new methods. So I think this gooseberry tart ticks all the boxes for me on that score.


For the sweetened shortcrust pastry
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 160 g unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 40 g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp cold milk
For the frangipane
  • 100 g coconut oil
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1-2 tsp rose water
  • 200 g gooseberries
To glaze
  • A few tablespoons of gooseberry jam (I used my homemade jam)
  • A little water


  1. Place the flour in a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the butter, chopped into small pieces, egg, sugar and salt.
  2. Rub the ingredients together.
  3. When almost combined, add the milk, and knead the dough together into a ball.
  4. Cover the dough with clingfilm and place it in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. When ready, roll out the dough and use it to line a fluted tart tin.
  6. Line the base of the pastry case with baking paper and fill with baking beans (or dried pasta), and bake for ten minutes at 180 degrees.
  7. After the ten minutes, remove the baking paper and beans and bake for a further ten minutes.
  8. Remove the case from the oven and put to one side.
  9. Cream the coconut oil with the sugar, and then beat in the eggs one by one.
  10. Stir in the ground almonds, flour, almond extract and rose water.
  11. Spoon the frangipane mixture into the pastry case.
  12. Wash, top and tail the gooseberries and place them on top of the frangipane, pushing them in slightly.  Gooseberry Frangipane Tart
  13. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden and the frangipane is set and light golden.
  14. Remove from the oven.
  15. Melt the jam and water together in a pan or in the microwave.
  16. While the tart is still warm, brush over the jam mixture to glaze the tart.  Gooseberry Frangipane Tart

I am sending this gooseberry frangipane tart, or to give it a French title tarte aux groseilles à maquereaux, over to Kevin at The Crafty Larder who is hosting Perfecting Patisserie this month.

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I’m also entering this into the Great Bloggers Bake Off from Mummy Mishaps, hosted this week by Stacey from Nobody Said It Was Easy.

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Also linking up with #Bakeoftheweek, #recipeoftheweek and Tasty Tuesdays
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34 thoughts on “Gooseberry Frangipane Tart”

  1. Great entry! I love a frangipane tart but have never tried one with either gooseberries or coconut oil! I really must remind myself to enter blog challenges – it’s good to be pushed out of your comfort zone 🙂

  2. I love frangipane and have some not quite ripe goosberries in the garden. And better still your recipe looks like it’ll work dairy free. I’m excited already

  3. Your tart looks delicious and it’s great you can use coconut oil in the frangipane. Very yummy – and I’m curious about gooseberries now, which I’ve never baked with. Lovely recipe! 🙂

      1. Don’t worry Lucy, I find my pastry cases are similar and get called ‘rustic’ … which apparently is fine as a style of patisserie! 🙂

  4. Omg Gooseberries remind me of our country house in Moscow! And of my childhood haha we used to pick them from the garden when I was little, but there is no way to find gooseberries anywhere in Jordan, they don’t grow here and they’re not imported to Jordan either (no idea why) Sounds like a very delicious recipe, I miss the fresh sweet/sour taste YUM!

  5. Do you know I have never made frangipane which is crazy as I love marzipan! I love the look of your tart with it’s rustic edges and I know it would have been delicious – glad you persevered:-)

  6. It sounds totally scrumptious, especially with the rose ( I suppose I would say that). Love frangipani tarts. I rarely manage tidy pastry edges, it’s definitely an art. Would love to join in with this challenge as I need to improve my skills in this department for sure – it’s always a question of trying to find the time!

    I often use buckwheat flour, but I generally use it as a mix with wholemeal or plain flour.

  7. This looks gorgeous and I have some red gooseberries just ripe in the garden. Could I substitute butter for coconut oil and would you recommend exactly the same quantity? I’m not very keen on coconut!

  8. I love gooseberries, although no one else in my family is very keen. I wish their season was a bit longer – seems to be over in weeks these days. Lovely recipe! #gbbobloggers2015

  9. We often had gooseberries at home when I was a child, and although I love them I’ve not had any for a very long time. Your recipe has just reminded me how much I enjoy them! This looks so yummy and I bet with a slight, enjoyable, tartness from the fruit.
    Angela x

  10. oh i think i remember seeing an image of this on instagram back in the summer. i only tried gooseberries for the first time this year when a friend gave me some to bake with (I still haven’t posted that recipe yet!) and they were pinky purple i colour, not green as i thought they were! They tasted better than I thought.
    anyway, waffle waffle lol thank you for linking up x

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