Whether they are growing in your polytunnel, elsewhere in your garden, or in the wild, blackberries are an abundant autumn fruit that is delicious when cooked in a range of different recipes. To inspire you to make the most of this seasonal berry, here are 5 recipe ideas for your blackberry harvest:
One of the easiest recipes which uses blackberries is the humble crumble. Blackberries can be used on their own or with apples or other seasonal fruit to make a delicious crumble which is perfect when served with custard, or ice cream. Simply simmer fruits with a little sugar or honey to sweeten the mix if required, then top the stewed fruit with a mix of flour, butter (or margarine), sugar, and oats and seeds if you wish and bake in your oven for around half an hour until the topping is crisp and golden.
Another easy recipe that does not even require any baking is a simple no-bake cheesecake. Make a base with crushed biscuits and butter or margarine, and press this mix into a tin. Add sugar, honey or stevia to cream cheese to make the next layer. Finally, top the cheesecake with tart autumn berries such as blackberries. The sweet, creamy cheese and the tart fruit make for the perfect sweet and sour combination.
Blackberry Harvest Scones
If you like to bake, you may well have made scones before. Choose your favourite scone recipe and simply toss a few blackberries into the mix for some lovely fruity scones. If you are feeling adventurous and have some time on your hands, you could also make some blackberry jam to eat with your home-made fruit scones.
Chocolate and Blackberry Cupcakes
You can also add some tart blackberries to sweet chocolate cupcakes. The tart berries go very well with the very sweet chocolate and make a child-friendly treat. Blending some blackberries and adding them to icing sugar will make some fruity, purplish icing that kids are likely to enjoy.
Blackberry-Almond Bakewell Tart
Make some shortcrust pastry cases and fill these with a mix of blackberries and sugar or honey, then top with some almond frangipani and bake until golden on top for delicious blackberry-almond bakewell tarts that are sure to go down a treat with your family and friends.
There are plenty of other ways to use your blackberry harvest to create a wide range of sweet treats and savoury dishes. Check out our other recipe articles for more inspiration and for more ideas of how to use home-grown produce to feed yourself and your family. If you have any suggestions of your own for using blackberries or other autumn fruits we would love to hear them. Share your ideas in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.