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Recipes with blackberries, perfect parcels of mellow fruitfulness

Date:21-09-2013 07:58:34 read:3
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Recipes with blackberries, perfect parcels of mellow fruitfulness

Blackberries are the ultimate foraged food: help yourself to a bagful and whip up this trio of delicious desserts.

Brambles’ best: blackberry and port trifle Photo: Andrew Crowley
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    Blackberry and port trifle

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Blackberries are a mainstay of one of my favourite pastimes, foraging. Right now, the hedgerows – and, near where I live, the canal towpaths of east London – are laden with sweet little purple parcels of deliciousness. I’ve always loved them. Childhood holidays in Ireland were often spent blackberrying; our quarry often ending up in my father’s mysteriously named “Bavarian apple pie”. The tart here is based on that fondly recalled dish, though I still don’t know where Dad got the name, or the recipe.

The blackberry’s traditional partner is the early, unripe windfall apple. But I have also found that blackberries combine well with a ripe, sweet, late-summer peach, and my take on a classic summer pudding exploits this. It’s not traditional by any means, but it really works, and the slight acidity of crème fraîche is a welcome change from the cloying comfort of thick cream.

I’ve been getting into retro desserts recently – black forest gâteau and peach Melba have graced these pages in recent weeks – and I’ve always been a fan of trifles. The combination of port and blackberries seems to really work. Something about the oaky richness of port and the earthy tang of blackberries makes them happy companions in this twist on a classic.

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