Gooseberry and custard mess

  • serves 6
  • A little effort

The best pudding for gooseberries. Quick to make, it’s a twist on Eton Mess and is easy to make for a dinner-party dessert. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.



  • gooseberries 250g, topped and tailed
  • golden caster sugar 3-4 tbsp
  • double cream 200ml
  • vanilla custard 200ml
  • meringues 3 large, crushed


  • Step 1

    Put the gooseberries in a pan with the sugar and 2 tbsp water and heat slowly. Cook until they start to burst, then leave to cool completely. Burst any whole fruit with the back of a spoon.

  • Step 2

    Lightly whip the cream until it thickens but isn’t stiff, stir in the cold fruit, then ripple through the custard. Finally, fold in the meringue. Divide between glasses or bowls and chill for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 292
  • Fat 19g
  • Carbs 28.5g
  • Fibre 28.5g
  • Salt 0.1g