Things to do with blackberries which aren't either crumble or pie?

(41 Posts)
TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 24-Aug-12 17:14:06

Any awesome inspiring suggestions, please? One of the few things that's grown properly and done as it should in our garden this year is our splendid blackberry bush, which is laden with big fat juicy blackberries and is of a variety that doesn't even have thorns, so a joy to pick.

However I'm bored with crumbles and pies every year. I only defrosted last years berries a few weeks ago, having got so tired of them by last October!

Inspire me?

AmandinePoulain Fri 24-Aug-12 17:16:55

I made this last year and it was lovely smile

dinkystinky Fri 24-Aug-12 17:17:29


Tis lovely...

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 24-Aug-12 17:19:09

amandine it does look nice!

what does one do to make vodka then? Is it like sloe gin, which I love because it tastes medicinal and as though it might be doing you good ....?

Eton mess or pavlova.


SoupDragon Fri 24-Aug-12 17:22:23


ImNotInsaneMyMotherHadMeTested Fri 24-Aug-12 17:22:27

Coulis is lovely - boil up the blackberries with some lemon juice and sugar, push through a sieve, perhaps freeze it in an ice tray and just defrost a cube when you need it, to put over icecream?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 24-Aug-12 17:22:49

Nobody eats jam in this house really ... My mum gives me some every year and I end up guiltily throwing most of it away in the end. Sorry, mum blush

blabalalalablabla Fri 24-Aug-12 17:26:12

Nigel Slater does a nice roast duck with blackberry and apple sauce if you want to go savoury...

blackberry clafouti?

blackberry friand?

dinkystinky Fri 24-Aug-12 17:27:26

Cheap vodka, heap of blackberries, load of sugar - put in a kilner jar and leave somewhere cool and dark and swish round every week of so - after about 6 weeks you can then strain out the blackberries and you have some truly delicious bberry vodka to enjoy. Made it last Christmas and it disappeared within a day (not all drunk by me I hasten to add)

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 24-Aug-12 17:29:00

Mmm I fancy that duck now! I will be the only one who has any of the sauce, the rest of the family tending to spurn fruity sauces with meat, but who cares: they all like duck!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 24-Aug-12 17:29:29

dinky do you drink it with mixers or by itself?

TheWonderfulFanny Fri 24-Aug-12 17:33:13

Chuck them in yoghurt for breakfast. lush.

ElectronicDischarge Fri 24-Aug-12 17:34:39

Another vote for blackberry vodka here! I drank it on its own. But it works well with lemonade and also a splash of lime cordial.

BellaVita Fri 24-Aug-12 17:37:28

Blackberry fool.

I make oat bars with ours too.

blondieminx Fri 24-Aug-12 17:43:34

blackberry and orange tray bake went down a storm when I made this last year

apple & blackberry loaf cake I'm going to try and make this on Monday

I will also be freezing as many as I can so I can make loads of pear and blackberry crumble over the winter! smile

COCKadoodledooo Fri 24-Aug-12 18:31:56

I do what dinky does, but with gin instead (vodka's for strawberries/raspberries in this house!). Bloody lush it is!

harbingerofdoom Fri 24-Aug-12 19:23:32

BellaVita I'd love to see your oat bar recipe. Do you make flapjacks and the throw them in grin (my cooking) or more sophisticated?

DCSsunhill Fri 24-Aug-12 19:37:48

Blackberry ice-cream. Madeand ate loads yesterday.

500g blackberries
4 egg whites
1/2 pint double cream
250g castor sugar

Warm and soften berries with a bit of water at the bottom of thepan and a sprinkle of sugar to taste. Puree and press through sieve. Whip egg whites into softpeaks. fold in sugar, return to peaks. Whip double cream to peaks. Fold in with egg Whites and berries. Freeze. Stir after an hour then freeze all night.

Tis lush and vair posh.

balia Fri 24-Aug-12 19:42:20


'Tis yummy - made two trays with the kids this very afternoon - and it uses loads of blackberries.

Merringue topping, served with custard... Drool!

MrsMcNulty Fri 24-Aug-12 19:46:19

Jam. Or we make "syrup" to pour over ice cream - DD will not eat them in fruit form in anything! Put washed berries in pan with sprinkle of sugar, heat til they go squidgy, pass through sieve to remove seeds, put in jar on fridge.

Lovecat Fri 24-Aug-12 19:47:24

Summer pudding - add strawbs and rasps and a spoonful of honey, warm through til there's loads of juices, soak slices of a squashy white loaf in the juices and line a pudding bowl with it, then layer the fruit inside and top with a circle of soaked bread. Put a plate on top with a weight and leave overnight in the fridge. The soaking and chilling does something amazing to the bread, making it taste almost ice-cream like.

Blackberry gin also good smile

nextphase Fri 24-Aug-12 19:49:13

Stewed Apple and Blackberry for topping off cereal, yoghurt or icecream. Yummy!

Damn, balia beat me to the recipe I was going to suggest grin it's bloody lovely smile

buttonspoon Fri 24-Aug-12 19:53:00

This recipe from Nigel Slater is yummy!

Posh jelly with prosecco?

dinkystinky Fri 24-Aug-12 19:59:27

I drink on its own (a lush, me?) or with lemonade for a lomg drink - also nice with sparkling wine

LackaDAISYcal Fri 24-Aug-12 20:09:47

Jam or strain the pulp to make jelly if you don't like the pips!

Though liking the idea of gin <hic>

blondieminx Fri 24-Aug-12 20:19:54

Right, so definitely trying blackberry gin too! smile yum!

BoerWarKids Fri 24-Aug-12 21:28:06

Melt white chocolate, then leave it to set in little ramekins. Put a couple of blackberries on top of each one. Nice contrast to sweetness of the chic.

Found this in a book by Sarah Vine, can't remember what it's called.

crazynanna Fri 24-Aug-12 21:33:19

My neighbour told me to give her some of my blackberries and she will make me blackberry whiskey <excited>

chocolateistheenemy Fri 24-Aug-12 21:35:32

I marinated a lamb shoulder overnight in red wine, squished up blackberries, rosemary (inserted into scored skin) and olive oil, with salt n pepper rubbed in. Then I slo-cooked it for 9hrs. It fell off the bone and was melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous. I skimmed the fat from the juices and added chicken stock to make gravy. Bloomin' luvverly!!!

Redbindy Fri 24-Aug-12 21:37:26

Start with a couple of pounds of blackberries add 3lb of sugar, wine yeast, 6 pints of hot water. Wait a few months, then get pissed.

OhYoshimi Mon 27-Aug-12 21:01:40

Another vote for the tray bake balia suggested. It's probably my favourite cake recipe at the moment. I couldn't stop eating them.

NorthernGobshite Tue 28-Aug-12 20:13:25

Jam. Or cordial. Cordial can be added to cava or prosecco for rather yummy Autumn drinkie poos!

tb Wed 29-Aug-12 19:28:21

Used to have something at home that was Danish, I think, called roedgroed - not too sure about spelling. It was a blackberry purée that was thickened and set.

multitaskmama Fri 14-Sep-12 10:44:14

I found this quick recipe for Yogurt Berry crunch which I soemtimes have after the gym or give to the kids calling it a (healthy) dessert:

The great thing is that it works really well with slightly soft and mushy fruit, so you don't feel bad about throwing fruit away!

NoMoreNotNever Fri 14-Sep-12 10:55:28

Blackberry wine - I had a few kilos earlier this month, and it's bubbling happily in the kitchen now. All you need is a large container, a few kilos of sugar and some yeast - 22 litres of fruity wine for just the cost of the sugar grin

Well I am going to make blackberry vodka. I made sloe gin last year which went down a storm with SILs but I must admit I didn';t much like it - don't like gin with anything sweet. So blackberry vodka it is.

I remember having raspberry vinegar years ago - was lovely, like a sort of sharp cordial - guess you could so something simiar with bberries. Will look it up.

milk Sat 15-Sep-12 17:52:31

Blackberry sorbet grin

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