Having made plenty of savoury goodies with the foraged fruits (aside from the crumble) I thought it was about time to make something sweet with some of my fresh blackberries.
So I decided to make something that would go great as an accompaniment with lots of puddings. So after reading a Brian Turner recipe, I decided to have a go at making a Blackberry Compote. It was very simple to create and it tastes so good, especially with Vanilla Ice Cream and natural yoghurt. I’m sure it would be perfect for hot puddings too!
If you have any left over blackberries and some sugar in the cupboard, you have to give this a go.
1 tbsp Water
1 Put the sugar, water and half of the blackberries into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
2 Blend with a hand-held mixer or put into a food processor and process until smooth. Strain through a sieve to remove the seeds.
3 Return mixture to a clean saucepan and bring it back to the boil, adding a little water if it is too thick or a squeeze of lemon juice, if necessary.
4 Add the rest of the blackberries and take off the heat immediately.
Serve either warm or cold with a pudding of your choice!
When I was younger, the idea of being dragged out for the afternoon fruit picking with the family was as much fun as going to the dentist. But recently, with the advent of TV shows like River Cottage, ‘foraging/fruit picking’ has become a growing trend, which I got suprisingly hooked by when going for a walk this afternoon (saturday) in the woods behind our home.
We started to notice bush upon bush of untouched blackberries within a few minutes of our walk, so abrubtly turned round, picked up a container and went back to start filling it. Within only a few minutes, we had collected just under a pound of blackberries and were already deciding what to do with them.
When we got back home we decided that we would try to make three things from them all:
Blackberry and Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)
the last two being more of mum’s suggestions and recipes. Over the next few days I will add the recipes on here, once I have tried them out.
Now I realise why we were dragged around picking fruit as children, as you cannot find fruit this fresh in your local supermarket!
On the walk home, we also noticed bushes of sloes and elderberries, so if tomorrow is fine weather, I think another walk is in order. Already have some ideas as to what to do with them!