Blackberry pie recipes are a must as summer turns to autumn.
Take advantage of nature's bounty with these easy, delicious recipes.
Fresh blackberries are absolutely delicious and not to be missed when the blackberry season is on. And if you have been canny enough to freeze a few blackberries, the season is always here. Blackberries are a super-food in my eyes as they are so rich in nutrition.
12 ounces of shortcrust pastry
1 - 2 pounds of blackberries
4 - 6 ounces of sugar*, or to taste
one tablespoon of flour
a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 egg, beaten
a little milk
* There are now plenty of good sugar substitutes on the market, such as stevia and xylitol
Serve with cream, soured cream or fromage frais. Yogurt is also very good and fresh made hot custard is just straight out of the top drawer!
This isn't strictly a pie, as it does not involve pastry. But if you've left yourself short of time this is a good alternative. It's a very easy pudding for those long autumn evenings, when you want something quick and comforting to tuck into.
This has got to be the simplest hot pudding on the planet, after tapioca!
Blackberries, apples, other wayside fruits, bread, butter and sugar
The exact quantities are not crucial; adapt the dish to the fruit you have available. You can use slightly stale bread if you like.
Slice the bread fairly thinly. Add a little butter if you like. Cut the bread into suitable strips and line a deep pie dish so that the bread sticks up slightly above the rim of the dish. Cut a round of bread with a sharp knife to fit in the middle at the bottom so that the entire dish is lined with bread.
Sprinkle a little sugar around on the bread.
Clean and trim the fruit, core and peel the apples. Put all the fruit into a saucepan with enough sugar to sweeten it effectively. Gently cook the fruit for a few minutes until it is a little soft and the juice has run out.
Add the fruit mixture to the dish, making sure that most of the bread is soaked in fruit juice. The tips of the bread should remain dry. Scatter a little more sugar on the dish.
Put the fruit dish into a medium oven until piping hot and the bread tips have become crisp.
Serve with yogurt, ice-cream or cream, or a non-dairy alternative.
This is like a hot version of summer pudding. You can also eat it cold, of course. Try adding a few peach or plum segments to the fruit mix as a variation.
Most easy blackberry pie recipes such as these above can easily adapted to other fruit such as gooseberries or cherries. Adjust the sugar content to suit the fruit as needed.
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