When I was a kid, dad took us camping in the Colorado Rockies every summer. While he fished for trout in the cool running stream, I explored the area. I hiked, climbed and generally ran wild until it was time to head back to camp for supper in the evening. One of my favorite things to do was to check out the gooseberry bushes. Mom was the one who fed us and I remember her telling me "If you pick enough gooseberries, I will make you a pie".
This didn't happen often. lol Either the bushes didn't produce enough berries or I ate too many while picking. I LOVE gooseberry pie. It's one of my favorites and reminds me of those campouts in the Rockies.
Gooseberries are hard to find in my area, even the canned variety. I came across these in a Mexican grocery store and grabbed a few cans to take camping with me.
To make the skillet cobbler, I drain the gooseberry juice into a skillet. (used 2 cans) They are really tart so I added sugar.. about 2 cups. Enough to make the juice sweet. Also added a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon juice and some cornstarch to thicken the mixture..
I placed the skillet over hot coals and let it cook until smooth, hot and bubbly. Then added the drained gooseberries and some other berries from breakfast.
The wind was blowing pretty hard that afternoon so I used the cooker provided at the lake instead of the tractor rim.
When the pie filling was hot and bubbly I added my cobbler topping...
1 cup flour, 2 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt, 1 3/4 cups of sugar and enough milk to make a stiff dough. Dropped by spoon on top of the hot filling..
I covered the skillet with another larger pot to give the cobbler topping room to rise. Then placed a few hot coals on and let er cook.
The cobber cooked for about 25 minutes.. I moved it to the tractor rim and let it cool a bit before diving in.
I even brought some whipped cream in a can with me for this dish. lol Ok I ate some straight out of the can too. :)
It was really tasty. Reminded me of my childhood. :)
If you've not had gooseberry pie, it tastes a bit like rhubarb pie.... kind of tart.
I'm not sure why, but I never make desserts while camping. I guess I fill up on the meal and have no room for dessert. Might have to do this one again though...